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Sessions planned to familiarize homeowners with bulk-buying solar installation program

GLEN CARBON – A series of gatherings continues over the next few weeks to brief homeowners and commercial property owners on the recently launched Solarize Madison County / Glen Carbon program.

The program allows people to access lower prices for solar installations through the power of volume purchasing.

The village of Glen Carbon and Madison County Sustainability Program together have supported a standalone bulk solar group purchase program for residents and businesses. The program is designed to reduce carbon emissions while providing residents with the opportunity to invest in their own high quality renewable energy solar installation with potentially
significant savings on installation cost, and energy bills.

“I am thrilled we are working with residents, businesses, farms, and other organizations throughout Madison County in order to save them money on solar installations and their utility bills, while also helping the environment in the process,” said Madison County Sustainability Coordinator, Kim Petzing.

The program is administered by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association at no cost to the village or the county. This type of program has been successful in other jurisdictions in
Illinois, as seen in Urbana-Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, and the village of Godfrey.

“We’re very excited to build on our recent success of group purchasing programs around Illinois with Solarize Madison County / Glen Carbon,” said Peter Murphy, Solar Program Manager at MREA. “The support of the Village of Glen Carbon, Madison County Sustainability Program, and Glen Carbon Cool Cities Committee is invaluable to helping increase solar adoption locally.”

Through a competitive public bid process, St. Louis-based solar installation firm, StraightUp Solar has been selected to be the program’s installer of choice.

StraightUp Solar was the selected installer for the Godfrey program as well. The final decision whether to contract a solar installation is that of the home or commercial property owner. The village of Glen Carbon and Madison County have no legal responsibility or hold any liability for the performance of any contract between StraightUp Solar and residents or businesses in Madison County. The StraightUp solar will be required to follow the Glen Carbon Building Code if resident/business is located in Glen Carbon.

StraightUp Solar is a licensed turnkey solar energy integrator, bringing the experience of more than 10 years and 700 locally-installed solar energy projects to the Solarize Madison County/Glen Carbon program.

“(The program) is an exciting opportunity for us to leverage our Illinois group solar leadership position to bring the benefits of high-quality, low-cost sustainable energy to Madison County and empower program participants save money on their utility bills for the next 25+ years,” said Mike Hornitschek, director of Strategic Development for StraightUp Solar.

Over the next few months MREA will provide free, public, one-hour long educational sessions called Solar Power Hours for prospective participants to learn how solar energy works and to answer questions. The program’s website includes a sign-up form which will be used to announce Solar Power Hour sessions: SolarizeMCGC.com.

The meetings are taking place throughout coming weeks and show in the graphic below.

If you have additional questions, contact Peter Murphy, Solar Program Manager at Midwest Renewable Energy Association at (414) 988-7963 or peterm@midwestrenew.org .

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