Learn About Group Solar Discounts at Solarize the Tri-Lakes

There are people in the Adirondacks that live off-grid. There is a misconception that those people are living a radical life of self-imposed hardship. Though certainly there are people that want to live a rustic life, going solar doesn't have to mean giving up the amenities. I like my electricity and the gadgets it powers up. I'd go so far as say I love electricity and the ability to turn on lights, use this computer and watch a television show.

I also love the idea that I have the opportunity to harness my energy from the very sun that is drying my clothes right now. The issue for me has always been money and the fact that our old house is a drafty bit of business.

A kick-off program called "Solarize the Tri-Lakes" is being initiated tonight, June 4,  in Saranac Lake at the Saranac Lake High School. The 6:30- 8 pm event is free and open to the public. The concept is simple, to bring people together in hopes that a solar network can be created. Shared solar services will create allow for a group rate and provide significant discounts and savings on residential solar electrical systems.

So bring your questions to the meeting and meet the selected installer.  This is not a new concept, various Solarize New York (NY) campaigns started in 2013. For the past two years Solarize NY has implemented programs in the Capital District of Troy, in Central NY's Madison and Syracuse areas as Hudson Valley's Westchester and the Jewish Greening Fellowship Solar Project.

 Long Island has started a pilot program in the town of Huntington that it hopes will be implemented in 2015. Brooklyn is spear-hearing the Solarize program in New York City while New York State's Southern Tier (Tompkins County) set a goal to double the total amount of its solar electric capacity.

The three day Tri-Lakes event (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and surrounding areas) starts with an instructional meeting where people can meet the installer, ask questions and learn how this innovation aggression model can result in up to 20 percent off solar panel installations as well grouped with the NYS solar incentives already in place.

Then on June 5 at BluSeed Studios, a movie screening of "Solar Power Revolution - Here Comes the Sun" will be shown fro 6-8 pm. (This film can also be viewed by clicking the link, in case you can't make the scheduled event.)

There will be tours of solar homes around the Town of Franklin on Saturday, June 6 from noon to 3 pm. Houses that are open for tours are: the Franklin Town Hall and other homes around the Vermontville area.

Now it's the Adirondack turn to step up and see if this works.  This just may not be financially feasible for us, but I do think its worth a look. I hope to see you there!

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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