As the Preservation Trust gears up to assist homeowners*, we already have a tremendous resource in a state-sponsored program which is already funded by you and I. I’m not kidding when I say the Newburyport Preservation Trust needs to work closely with the Energy Advisory Committee.
- There is nothing more ‘green’ than an existing building.
- Unlike newer buildings, the pre-1940 house was designed to last and to last for a very long time! The historic old house is the very embodiment of real sustainability.
- The techniques for making the historical house energy efficient is different than for more recent suburbia homes thus making it important that every commercial and private property owner in the historic district find real energy savings.
One of the energy programs that Mass Save is pushing hard is solar power. It isn’t for everyone since it is dependent on the peculiar positioning of your house but just 15% of the buildings in the City if converted to solar power would be HUGE! The Local Historic District Ordinance encourages solar power application and of course, it helps our community achieve the Zero Waste Initiative that would make any thrifty New England Yankee sing!
Newburyport has just been chosen as a solar city! Read the details here.
As the state’s version of a Dick Sullivan, Jr. says,
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. made the announcement on Thursday.
“This month we reached 100 megawatts of installed solar, which is being used in 331 cities and towns across the state,” Sullivan said. “This program will help us achieve our renewable energy goals even faster, bring local clean energy jobs to our communities and stabilize our energy costs.”
Solarize Mass is a program that encourages the adoption of small scale solar PV by deploying a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings as more people in the community go solar.
In part II, I will explain how to get that solar and my personal experience as I met the solar power representative.