The municipalities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston and Natick are working to make it easy and affordable for residents to go solar and switch to clean heating and air conditioning.
The four communities are collaborating on a new program, the MetroWest Solar + Clean Heat Challenge, which connects home and small business owners to qualified installers and discounted pricing for solar panels, air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps.
Municipal staff and local volunteers have been working for months to organize affordable, competitive and quality clean energy options for MetroWest residents and businesses. The following businesses have been selected as installers:
- Ace Solar, of North Andover, for solar panels, which convert clean, free sunlight to electricity, reduce air pollution and can reduce or eliminate monthly electricity bills
- New England Ductless, of Milton, for air-source heat pumps, which are a flexible, cost-effective and energy-efficient option for heating and air conditioning
- Achieve Renewable Energy, of Salem, for ground-source heat pumps, which are the most efficient heating and cooling system available and are reliable even on the coldest days.
Residents can learn more at MetroWestCleanEnergy.com and can register for the program’s virtual launch event at 7 p.m. on Thursday. During the event, the three chosen installers will provide an overview of their qualifications, clean energy technology and discounted pricing.
The MetroWest Solar + Clean Heat Challenge is available through December. As part of the program, property owners can sign up for a no-cost clean energy assessment of their home or building. Assessments can be done virtually or in-person, and local volunteers are available to answer questions and help residents consider their options.