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Solarize Somers-New Castle to Kick Off Monday in Chappaqua

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Solarize Westchester has selected the towns of Somers and New Castle to participate in a solar discount program that makes installing solar electric systems simpler and more affordable for residents and businesses.

The Solarize Somers-New Castle program will launch with a workshop this Monday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New Castle Town Hall, located at 200 S. Greeley Ave. in Chappaqua, where homeowners and commercial property owners can learn about the program.

Solarize Somers-New Castle encourages increased adoption of small-scale solar electricity systems by offering lower installation costs through economies of scale. Group discounts offered by a pre-selected, qualified solar contractor are coupled with extensive community outreach and education to create awareness and build interest. A clear end date motivates residents to act.

After a thorough pre-qualification and competitive application process, representatives of Somers-New Castle with the assistance of Solarize Westchester have selected Direct Energy Solar as the designated solar contractor for Solarize Somers-New Castle.

Residents and businesses who sign up for solar installations by Mar. 7, 2016, will be able to take advantage of group rates significantly below market prices. The more people who sign up, the lower the price will be for everyone – even the first to enroll.

“We are excited about seeing more solar panels installed throughout New Castle, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and creating a greener world for future generations,” said New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein.

Solarize Somers-New Castle is part of Round 2 of the Solarize Westchester Campaign, partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative, which is a $1 billion investment in solar power through 2023 to significantly expand solar installations across the state and to transform New York’s solar industry so it becomes self-sustaining.

The four Round 1 campaigns of Solarize Westchester exceeded their combined goal, with 200 residential contracts and about 10 commercial contracts.

More information about Solarize Somers-New Castle can be found by visiting or by contacting Direct Energy.


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