May 16th, 2018

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

The Town of Amherst sponsors a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program

The Town of Amherst’s Sustainability Department is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The MassCEC awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Town of Amherst and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Town Hall in the Town Room on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

The event will include educational presentations from the Town of Amherst and Spartan Solar, the selected local solar hot water installer from Greenfield, Massachusetts. The presentation will help answer questions on the renewable heating technology and the special discounted pricing and incentives available through Solarize Hot Water.

“The Solarize Hot Water Western MA is an incredible opportunity for Amherst and other area residents to simultaneously reduce their energy bills, address climate change and support local businesses,” says Stephanie Ciccarello, Amherst’s Sustainability Coordinator. “For those who were unable to participate in the Solarize Amherst campaign, this is the next best option!”

Spartan Solar founder Spartan Giordano has been installing and servicing solar hot water systems throughout Western Massachusetts 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 help Western Massachusetts lead the way in renewable heating and cooling.

“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.”

Just like the very successful Solarize Amherst campaigns, there is special discounted pricing and incentives available through Solarize Hot Water to help the price drop over 90 percent. For example, a homeowner using oil to heat their home could install three solar hot water collectors on their roof. “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.”

“Working regionally across Western Massachusetts to address energy costs is our forte,” says Sinead Coleman, director of energy operations, HCG. “We are glad that the Commonwealth recognizes that HCG understands both energy markets and how to regionalize services.”

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 Register for Tuesday’s event: Media is encouraged to attend.

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.

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