South End Lags Behind Other Neighborhoods for Residential Solar Power

Through the Solarize Mass-Boston program, 116 contracts were signed to install solar power energy systems across the city's neighborhoods. Except not one contract was signed in the South End.

Residential solar projects will double in Boston after 116 residents in various neighborhoods signed contracts to install solar projects through Solarize Mass-Boston.

However, no one in the South End decided to partake in the program, according to statistics from the Mayor's office. 

Residents and businesses were offered a group buying program designed to increase interest of purchasing solar energy and reduce its cost, due to buying in bulk. The more people signed up, the more prices dropped, with 41 contracts being signed in the last week of the program.

Roslindale led the way with 33 contracts signed, followed by Dorchester with 22, and then Jamaica Plain with 21 contracts. All other neighborhoods were in single digit contracts (please see chart below for full breakdown).

Boston concluded the four-month program in early November 4, that partnered the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to make solar more accessible and affordable for Boston homeowners. The 116 contracts will result in 522 kilowatts of clean, renewable energy, according to a city press release.

“Solarize Mass-Boston was an outstanding success and helped increase Bostonians’ access to the clean energy revolution,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in a statement. “We’ll build on this success and continue to develop programs to help residents and businesses green their energy usage while reducing costs.”

Menino kicked off the program by installing solar panels on his own home in Hyde Park. Menino’s previously stated goal was to have 25 megawatts of solar energy in Boston by 2015, with solar being installed at residences, businesses, and municipal buildings.

Including Menino's home, Hyde Park signed nine contracts. Check out the rest of the neighborhood breakdown:

 Neighborhood Zipcode Number of Contracts Fenway 02115 2 Roxbury/Grove Hall 02119/02121 8 Mission Hill 02120 1 Dorchester 02122/02124/02125 22 Mattapan 02126 2 South Boston 02127 2 Mattapan 02128 4 Charlestown 02129 2 Jamaica Plain 02130 21 Roslindale 02131 33 West Roxbury 02132 6 Allston/Brighton 02134/02135 4 Hyde Park 02136 9
Judith Watkins November 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM
What a shame. However as the proud owners of 12 solar panels on a South End residence, I wonder if other programs for going solar than the city's program have been taken into account. By the time we learned about the Mayor's Solarize plan we had already called a purveyor who installed panels at no cost to us at all! Even no as I read about the Mayor's program I can't understand how it would have worked. I wish someone would write about the huge multiple solar panels on Castle Square and about their huge environmental rehab.


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