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Solar Power, A Green Alternative


BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WGGB) — It was a long winter of high energy bills, which is why some folks are now looking to an alternative, Solar Power.

Bill Lakota is a long time resident of Belchertown. He’s noticed lately that many people in the area are choosing clean energy.

“She loves it, she cut her electric in half,” said Lakota, explaining what he heard from a neighbor.

Now it’s his turn to jump on board. Workers from Vivint Solar Company was at his home installing panels on his roof, on Thursday.

“it’s the coming thing, right? Solar,” said Lakota.

It helps to protect the environment and live a green lifestyle. Vivint solar, a company now growing presence is Western Massachusetts, said that Bill’s home is a perfect fit.

“With this house behind us there’s not a lot of trees covering the house with shade, therefore, it’s a great house for solar production,” said Dave Yates, of Vivint Solar.

The panels collect energy right from the sun and use that energy to power the home. This is what allows for cheaper rate. The solar panels only take a few hours to install and it doesn’t cost the homeowner anything. So what’s the catch?

“We get that a lot,” said Jeremy Long of Vivint Solar. This company does not sell the solar equipment, only the power.

“Homeowners pay nothing for it and then they’re allowed to buy their power back from us at a reduced
energy rates,” explained Long.

This homeowner said that is incentive enough.

“If I can save 30-40% of my bill i’d be happy,” said Bill Lakota.

The best way to accurately predict savings is to conduct a site survey. Visit Vivintsolar.com for more information

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  • Sweetpie

    So how does Vivint Solar stay profitable if they don’t sell solar panels?

    • Dave Yates

      The same way your power company does; by selling power to customers.

      • Paul Greene

        Vivint solar is vastly becoming a household name. With 4 office strategically placed throughout Massachusetts as well as across the country, we have grown to be the 2nd largest residential solar installation company in the country. And this is only in a little more than 2 years. So why not go solar? And even better, why not go with Vivint solar? Save on your monthly electric bills, save the planet and best of all it costs the homeowner no money down. Seems like a no brainer right? I’d sure say so .

        • Rags

          Did you have to pay for this ad? Can’t we even have a discussion without some marketing person jumping in to sell us something?

          • Sav

            There not selling you anything there simply answering a question from someone who asked how we profit if we don’t sell solar panels

          • Rags

            Nonsense. That post is written like marketing copy. I should know, it’s what I do for a living.

          • name

            No, I think you proved his.

  • Ray Boggs

    Hyper X Solar coupled with $0 down solar loans and tax deductible interest is going to absolutely crush the solar lease and PPA company offerings in 2014. Hyper X Solar’s N-Type, thin film passivated, tunneling junction architecture already provides higher efficiency, a smaller footprint and a much lower cost at just $2.14 per watt for a complete system, Hyper X solar’s price/performance ratio hard to compete against when compared to many of the solar lease and PPA company’s poorer performing offerings.

    Hyper X solar offers a better PTC to STC ratio “Real World” performance according to the California Energy Commission’s performance rating listings than over 100 of SunPower’s solar panel models.

    Hyper X solar also offers an incredible -0.27%/degree C temperature coefficient rating for awesome performance in hot/warm climates and best of all Hyper X solar systems are priced thousands less and even tens of thousands less on larger systems than a SunPower solar system. http://vimeo.com/79755125

    • Paul

      Ray Boggs comments on every article regarding Vivint solar. Obviously not a credible source

      • Ray Boggs

        Been in the PV industry for over 16 years so I’m a lot more credible than you Paul. I’ll bet you’re one of those door to door solar lease canvassers aren’t you? Sorry that you can’t compete with us Paul. Maybe you should consider working for us. We’re always looking for experienced solar sales people.