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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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