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Area Communities Look to Boost Clean-Energy Use Through Solar Power


AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Fifteen more communities are boosting their clean-energy efforts with the help of the Solarize Mass. Program.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan visited Atkins Farm in Amherst, which has been a leader in renewable energies.

Now in it’s third year, Solarize Mass helps communities work with residents and businesses to see the economic and environmental benefits of installing solar systems.

It’s a group buying program that becomes cheaper as more people buy and install solar.

“So coming off the example of last year in Northampton, they actually reached the maximum cost savings with over 100 installations in the City of Northampton,” Sullivan explains.

The western Mass. communities in this round include Amherst, Adams, Great Barrington, Egremont, Williamsburg, Whately and Chesterfield.

The eight other communities in eastern Massachusetts.

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