Community

Solarize costs less than you think

Montrose is set to take part in Solarize, a program model that makes going solar for residents easier and less expensive for a limited time. Called Solarize Montrose, this community-based effort has partnered with Atlasta Solar Center and plans to launch a 13-week outreach campaign filled with educational events for the community on the benefits of solar power.
The campaign launched  Saturday, September 14, with a “Celebrating 300 Days of Sunshine”.
The event featured the following speakers:
● 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.—Kathy Swartz, Executive Director of Solar Energy International in Paonia,
on solar jobs
● 11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.—Jim Heneghan, Chief Power Supply Officer, Delta-Montrose Electric
Association (DMEA) on the future of DMEA after getting out of Tri-State contract next May
● 11:30 a.m.–noon—Carole London, Program Coordinator of Solarize Montrose, and Teddy Aegerter, co-owner of Atlasta Solar Center, on the benefits of going solar.
Local businesses and environmental organizations  attended to also share information.
If community members are interested in going solar, they can be provided a no-cost, no-commitment, assessment on their property from Atlasta Solar Center, before choosing if they want to sign a contract or not.

Participants who choose to sign a contract and go solar by November 8, 2019, will be eligible for an exclusive program discount.
Carole London, Program Coordinator for Solarize Montrose, notes that many people say they can’t afford solar, when they’d actually be replacing their electric bill with a loan payment that would be equal to or less than what they would be paying DMEA.

Solarize Montrose has been made possible in part by Solar Energy International’s Solar Forward Program, a program that aims to support rural communities throughout Colorado in growing their solar markets. Solar Energy International (SEI) was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization with the mission to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy.

About the author

Dave Segal

Dave Segal

Dave Segal, a Detroit native, has been a journalist since 1977. He has worked as a reporter, commentator, and news director at radio stations in Detroit, Denver, and Montrose.

Dave has been writing and editing for the Monitor since its first print issue in 2003. He is editor and senior writer for the digital magazine. On the side, Dave has also done freelance writing, media relations, and a variety of volunteer work.