Boston’s Mayor, Thomas Menino goes Solar

Panels by SolarCity Estimated to Save Household $8,000

January 8, 2013

From The Boston Globe.  Read the orig­i­nal arti­cle here.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has a new source of energy for his home in Readville: solar energy pan­els, installed by stu­dents from Roxbury’s Madi­son Park High School as part of a co-​​op project.

Menino pledged in August to install the pan­els at his home as part of the Solar­ize Mass-​​Boston pro­gram.

With the 13, 260-​​watt solar pan­els, the city esti­mated that the Mayor’s elec­tri­cal bill could drop 70 per­cent, equiv­a­lent to about $54 per month.

The sys­tem, which can cost upwards of $20,000, will be leased by SolarCity for 20-​​years, lock­ing in rates at 12 cents a kilowatt-​​hour and sig­nif­i­cantly drop­ping instal­la­tion costs for Menino, the Globe reported in August. With the lower rate, the Globe esti­mated the cur­rent rate from a util­ity is about 15 cents a kilowatt-​​hour, Menino expects to save about $8,000 over 20-​​years.

Solar­ize Mass-​​Boston has been an amaz­ing suc­cess, increas­ing access to clean energy for many of our res­i­dents,” Mayor Menino said in a state­ment. “We will build off this suc­cess and con­tinue to build and develop pro­grams to help res­i­dents and busi­nesses go green and save money.”

The “green” addi­tions, installed by local con­trac­tors and the two stu­dents, mem­bers of the IBEW Local 103 Elec­tri­cal Union’s co-​​op pro­gram, were part of the larger pro­gram that brought 116 solar con­tracts to the city.

Over­all the new pan­els city-​​wide will gen­er­ate 522 kilo­watts of renew­able energy, the city estimated.

The four-​​month Solar­ize Mass-​​Boston pro­gram, which ended in Novem­ber, was a part­ner­ship between the city, the Mass­a­chu­setts Clean Energy Cen­ter, and the Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Energy Resources. The pro­gram aimed to make solar power eas­ier for res­i­dents, with group buy­ing and access to fed­eral and state tax credits.