Local businesses, homeowners learn of solar energy benefits

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Local clean-energy advocates are educating businesses and homeowners on ways to go solar.

Southern Tier Solar Works Program Manager Adam Flint held a solar energy information meeting today at the Holiday Inn Binghamton.

He discussed local and state initiatives and incentives that promote energy efficiency, include the CPACE program.

That initiative provides long-term, low-cost funding to local businesses and non-profits to add solar panels, insulation and more.

Other NYSERDA programs will provide in-home audits to show where improvements can be made.

Flint says people often over-estimate the difficulty of going solar.

"I think the important thing is to distinguish between the barriers that are real and the ones that aren't. We have plenty of sun here and we have plenty of programs that work for a lot of people. Occasionally, the financing isn't there. If it's not there, we have to ask Albany why not? In many cases, people can go solar and make energy efficient improvements," said Flint.

For more information log on to SouthernTierSolarWorks.org.


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