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Following months of planning, the Solarize Southtowns Campaign will kick off with an event Thursday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m. at UNOVA Coworking, 29 Mechanic St., Springville.
O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Kitchen food truck will be on hand and as part of the event the first 100 people to sign up to learn more about solar will receive a free meal.
The kick-off event will be the first chance to speak with the solar installer and members of the Campaign about purchasing solar panels and learning more about the program.
The Campaign is led by the non-profit Green Springville and is working with officials from local municipalities, including Evans, Eden, Colden, Concord and Sardinia.
This group has worked with the University at Buffalo Regional Institute’s Clean Energy Coordinator through the Solarize process to evaluate installers and has ultimately chosen Solar by CIR.
Together with Solar by CIR, the Solarize Southtowns campaign will be hosting a workshop in each of the five communities throughout July and August. These workshops will give residents a chance to ask specific questions regarding solar panels and sign up for a free solar evaluation.
Solarize Southtowns’ team will also be present at various events throughout the summer.  You can find more information online at
Solarize Campaigns are NYSERDA authorized programs that bring together a reputable solar installer and residents of a community.
The campaigns provide a win-win by lowering the cost of solar installations for residents and providing a review of the installer’s performance while helping an installer reach more customers.
In addition to the traditional model, the Solarize Southtowns’ campaign has incorporated NY-Sun’s “Solar-for-All” program. The Solar-for-All program is an income-qualified program that provides a no-cost option for residents who have NYSEG and National Grid as their electric provider.
Following the event, attendees can walk across the street to Heritage Park and listen to the Canal Street String Band as part of the Thursdays, Downtown concert series in the village of Springville.