Solarize Floyd Meeting Tuesday July 29

By Aaron Sutch on July 28, 2014

Solarize Floyd, a community based group interested in increasing the solar generating capacity in Floyd County, will hold a community meeting to launch the program on Tuesday, July 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Hotel Floyd’s first floor conference room. Solarize Floyd is partnering with the Community Power Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities develop solar energy programs.

The purpose of Solarize Floyd is to provide affordable and quality solar PV installations in Floyd County through a structured program that will also include financing options, local contractors, and a quality control process that will insure code compliant installation and equipment and a high standard of workmanship. Solarize Floyd will also help to improve the local economy and contribute to a wider effort aimed at expanding and solidifying the regional and statewide solar marketplace, explained Billy Weitzenfeld of Floyd. “There is a grassroots movement in this country to develop community projects and programs that help residents and homeowners generate electricity through clean and renewable resources – particularly solar.

“This is based on the understanding and the increasing awareness that a continued reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity is damaging our natural environment and our personal health. Renewable energy combined with energy conservation and efficiency is the sustainable energy solution that will lead to a clean, safe, and affordable energy future and it all begins at home. We will also stress the need for home energy efficiency as a first step before installing solar PV. Making sure your home is energy efficient first is very important in maximizing the energy saving opportunity that solar represents.”

At the meeting homeowners will learn how the program is structured, how to apply and sign up for the program, what the costs and potential financing options are, who the local solar contractors participating in the program are, the role of Community Power Network, the types of systems installed and the brands of equipment used, and the quality control measures that will be in place.