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Queensbury hits solar energy goal

By August 15, 2018News
Lockport, NY solar panels
Kathleen Moore
August 8, 2018

QUEENSBURY — Just halfway through the Southern Adirondacks Solarize campaign, the organizers have already met their goal.
They wanted 10 homeowners in Queensbury to install solar for their property. So far, 13 have signed contracts for solar power, and another eight have signed up outside the town.

They are now on track to hit 30 new solar power users by the end of the month.

The campaign technically ends on Dec. 1. Property owners should ask for a solar assessment from Solar Liberty by Oct. 31 (though no one will be turned away if they show up late). But the deadline is being urged so that they have time to consider different solar offers and then sign a contract by Dec. 1.

“I’m feeling very good about it,” said Town Board member Catherine Atherden, who is on the Clean Energy Committee. That committee is running the campaign for the region.

“I think it’s been a good education for the public,” she added.

The committee is already discussing its next step, after the campaign ends. They may look into community solar, in which those who can’t get solar on their buildings could still buy solar power.

“We like the idea. It is an option for what we’re going to do next,” she said.

But first, she added, the committee is focusing all its time and energy on the current campaign. Then they will need to research community solar before determining how — and whether — to implement a campaign for that.