Workshops, tours to show how solar energy saves money, boosts local economy

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Southern Tier Solar Works wants everyone to know that you don't need to install solar panels on your home to get energy from the sun.

The organization is announcing a series of solar energy workshops and home tours taking place this Fall.

The workshops seek to explain how solar saves money, boosts the local economy and protects the environment.

The first workshop takes place next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Violet Room of the Lost Dog Café.

The first home tour will be Saturday at the home of Frank and Meredith Bocek in Apalachin.

Meredith says she enjoys saving money and the environment.

"Right now, I don't pay an electric bill, except for the $15 basic charge. So, my electric bill is zero. I do have to pay for my solar system and I will have that paid off in about 8 years. Meanwhile, my house has a lot greater value," said Bocek.

For those who rent or don't have a building or property suitable for solar panels, Southern Tier Solar Works is launching a Community Shared Solar initiative.

By essentially establishing cooperative solar farms, customers can enter into a long-term contract allowing them to purchase lower-cost solar electricity from large regional solar arrays.

A full list of upcoming workshops and home tours can be found below:

Upcoming Schedule of Events for STSW

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. - Lost Dog Cafe, 22 Water Street, Binghamton NY

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.  - Whitney Point,  Triangle Town Hall, 2612 Liberty St, Whitney Point

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Community Solar & Energy Efficiency at BU, Binghamton University, (old) University Union U-124, 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. - Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.  - Endicott, Endicott Visitor Center, 300 Lincoln Ave, Endicott

Home Tours

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Bocek Solar Home Tour, 75 Glann Road, Apalachin, NY

Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. - Squire Solar Home Tour, 176 St John Road, Afton NY

Saturday, Oct. 15, 12 p.m.  - Covert Solar Home Tour, 202 Toy Farm Road, Hartwick, NY

Saturday, Oct. 22, 12 p.m. - Sklenarik Solar Home Tour, 3 Sunset Avenue, Sidney NY


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