May 4, 2018

Contact: Catherine Welker:, (413)-584-1300 x122

Pelham Energy Committee hosts first HCG Solarize Hot Water Meet the Installer event

The Town of Pelham’s Energy Committee is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Pelham Energy Committee and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Pelham Library in the Ramsdell Room on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

At the event the Pelham Energy Committee will present alongside Spartan Solar, the selected solar hot water installer from Greenfield, Massachusetts. The presentation will help answer questions on the renewable heating technology. The presentation will include topics such as: what homes are best suited to install solar collectors, how the collectors are installed on the homeowner’s roof, and why choose solar hot water collectors versus using fossil fuels to heat your domestic hot water.

Spartan Solar founder Spartan Giordano has been installing and servicing solar hot water systems throughout Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont since 2010. Giordano began his career in this field when he and his wife Hannah designed and built their own super-energy efficient home in Greenfield. He is looking forward to telling his own story and helping Western Massachusetts lead the way in renewable heating and cooling.

“We have seen so much community support for Solarize campaigns throughout the Pioneer Valley,” says Spartan Giordano. “I look forward to working with local clean energy advocates to promote this beneficial technology.”

This presentation will end with a question and answer session. Spartan Solar will also be arranging site visits for homeowners, to see if their home is a good fit for solar hot water.

Incentives available for solar hot water include rebates, tax credits, and energy certificates which can reduce the cost of a system. For example, a homeowner using oil to heat their home could install three solar hot water collectors on their roof. With incentives, the price of a system could drop over 90 percent.

“Through this program, we are expecting after-incentive installation costs to be between $1,000 and $2,000. In some cases, it may even be less than $1,000,” said Giordano. “When homeowners are spending $500 to $1,000 a year heating water, the investment is a huge win for the client and the planet.”

“The Solarize Hot Water campaign allows homeowners to go solar at a low upfront cost,” says Sinead Coleman, director of energy operations, HCG. “If you have ever considered changing the way your domestic hot water is heated, the time is now.”

Residents of Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden Counties interested in learning more about how solar hot water works, or in receiving a free home estimate from Spartan Solar are encouraged to visit

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HCG supports communities by empowering local, sustainable and efficient economies. The organization helps cities and towns, schools, nonprofits and businesses get the most value by pooling their buying power. HCG’s Hampshire Power provides electricity services, including green and locally produced electricity. The HCG Purchasing Co-op makes it easy for towns, cities and nonprofits to save money, time, and effort on major and everyday purchases. And HCG supports communities with uniquely effective service organizations: RSVP of the Pioneer Valley and the Hampshire-Franklin Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Every cent HCG earns goes back to supporting the communities of Western Massachusetts. HCG is funded by its own revenue and grants.