Our original goal was 100 solar installations in 2016 but we topped 260, making it the most successful program in Massachusetts! As of May 2022, there are 378 solar sites in town!
While the original designated installer, Direct Energy Solar(DES) on 1/1/21 has rebranded itself as Astrum Solar and has partnered with Omnidian.com to continue to service existing residential installations, they aren't signing up any new residential installs since 2017. However, BGS continued with NeighborhoodSolar, working with SunBugSolar. As of 5/2019, Belmont qualified for the state Solar Rebate Program, so the payback period is in the same range as under the old SREC II state incentive program which expired in 2018. In 1/2021, Belmont Light added $50K for solar rebates up to $1.20 per watt which typically represents a sizable 30% discount on the total installation cost. That program has now ended but the new federal Inflation Reduction Act(IRA) and MA Climate Bill were signed around 8/12/22 which are offering solar incentives.
To see your roof's solar potential, go to Google's Project Sunroof and enter your address. You can also get quotes from a free solar clearing house called, EnergySage where you can get bids from multiple solar installers and free advice from an EnergySage energy advisor.
Belmont Volunteer Solar Coaches can still be reached at coach@BelmontGoesSolar.org or 617.855.8209 to assist with your decisions.
Belmont Goes Solar is a volunteer group of Belmont residents knowledgeable and enthusiastic about solar. The group is supported by the Select Board, and formed by members of the Belmont Energy Committee, Mothers Out Front, Sustainable Belmont and Belmont Light. It is not an agency, board or committee of the Town of Belmont.
You can still go solar! Here's how:
LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLAR
"Meet the Installer” event : Thursday, 6/13/2019, 7pm at Habitat, 10 Juniper Rd, Belmont, (free refreshments)
Download the Belmont Goes Solar workshop presentation here
(Note that this presentation refers to the former installer, Direct Energy Solar, but many of the slides are comparable to current installers as well. )
ASK QUESTIONS OF BELMONT SOLAR COACHES
Volunteer Belmont Goes Solar coaches Mark Davis, Martin Plass and Mark Robbins are Belmont residents who are very knowledgeable about solar and have volunteered to answer your questions. Email coach@BelmontGoesSolar.org or call 617.855.8209.