March 29, 2018

Contact: Sinead Coleman,, 413-584-1300 x153

Save money on your energy bill with HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts

HCG is excited to introduce Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts, a program designed to increase the adoption of solar hot water systems in the Pioneer Valley through reduced costs, a community education campaign, a dedicated volunteer network, and a partnership with a local installer.

Almost a quarter of home heating costs result from heating water. Solar hot water systems offer an option for homeowners to reduce costs in a sustainable way that helps the Commonwealth reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Lead by a grassroots community effort and supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), HCG will amplify the commitment to local, renewable energy through solar hot water installations across Western Massachusetts.

The campaign, designed by representatives of local communities in the Pioneer Valley, provides a significant financial incentive for installing solar hot water. Not only does solar hot water save money in comparison to buying expensive fossil fuel-based heating fuels, but it increases energy efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Solarize Hot Water campaign allows homeowners to receive the largest return on their investment, at a low upfront cost,” said Sinead Coleman, director of energy operations, HCG. “If you have ever considered changing the way your water is heated, the time is now.”

Representatives from HCG, Amherst, Pelham, and Williamsburg also announced Spartan Solar of Greenfield as the official installer for the program.

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, Massachusetts. Spartan has installed both solar photovoltaic and solar hot water, which allows their home to produce more energy than it consumes.

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

Incentives available for solar hot water include rebates, tax credits, and the new Massachusetts Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) program, 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 $1000-$2000. In some cases, it may even be less than $1000,” said Giordano. “When homeowners are spending $500 to $1000 a year heating water, the investment is a huge win for the client and the planet.”

HCG is a trusted local resource in the renewable energy market. HCG’s support of renewable energy includes a brokerage service to help homeowners participating in Solarize Hot Water maximize their investment through selling AECs at auction. 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

About HCG

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.

About MassCEC

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to growing the state’s clean energy economy while helping to meet the Commonwealth’s clean energy, climate and economic development goals. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects, and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers. MassCEC constructed and operates the Wind Technology Testing Center and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.  Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton chairs MassCEC’s board of directors.