Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has launched Renew Boston Solarize, a three-month campaign to make solar panels more affordable and accessible for the city's homeowners and small businesses. Menino has set a goal of 150 new residential-scale solar power installations in Boston, representing a 50% increase from last year's campaign.
Renew Boston Solarize is a group buying program intended to increase the adoption of solar energy and to reduce its cost by offering residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar panels. The campaign is similar to Boston's participation last year in Solarize Mass – Boston, through which more than 100 Boston residents, including Menino, installed solar panels on their homes.
This program is based on the Solarize program model developed and implemented in cities and towns across Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.
The City of Boston has chosen installer Next Step Living and integrator Boston Solar Co. for the program.