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SHIRLEY — Shirley and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center are pleased to announce the selection of New England Clean Energy as the Solarize Mass installer for Shirley.

New England Clean Energy will work with the Shirley Energy Committee, to implement the program in partnership with MassCEC. A “Solar 201” public meeting will be scheduled shortly to introduce the installer to the community, and answer questions from residents and business owners in Shirley.

In April 2012, as part of the effort to reach Gov. Deval Patrick’s goal of 250 megawatts of solar power installed by 2017, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources selected 17 communities to participate in the 2012 Solarize Massachusetts Program, which helps residents and business owners adopt solar photovoltaic technology.

“Under Governor Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts is the nation’s leader in clean energy,” said Patrick Cloney, Chief Executive Officer of MassCEC. “We are seeing tremendous growth of solar PV throughout the Commonwealth and now, with the right policies and programs in place, we at MassCEC are tremendously excited to partner with cities and towns across the Commonwealth to bring clean, locally sourced, cost-effective solar electricity generation to individual residences and businesses throughout the Commonwealth.”

“We were very pleased to participate in the Solarize Mass pilot program last year as the installer for Harvard, which put more solar on rooftops than any other town,” said New England Clean Energy President Mark Durrenberger. “Given Shirley’s tremendous community engagement and strong commitment to going green, we hope to match or even exceed Harvard’s excellent result in Shirley.”

Solarize Mass is a program of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center that encourages the adoption of small scale solar PV by deploying a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings as more people in the community go solar. MassCEC provides technical support and hosts free educational meetings in the participating communities to educate people about the benefits of installing solar and to drive interest in implementing the technology.

“I’m very pleased that we have moved to the next step in this process, selecting a solar provider for our community that has outstanding tiered pricing in both outright ownership and lease or PPA options. The Shirley Energy Committee is extremely excited to do this for the residents and businesses in the town of Shirley, said Bryan Dumont, Shirley Community Solar Coach.

For additional information concerning Solarize Massachusetts-Shirley visit http://solarizeshirley.blogspot.com, or email shirleysolar@yahoo.com or call 978-425-2726 and stay tuned for a brand new web site for Shirley by New England Clean Energy. For more information about Solarize Mass visit www.SolarizeMass.com. For more information about the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, visit www.MassCEC.com .

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