The deadline for the Solarize Mass program for Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland (Solarize LSW) has been extended to Wednesday, Feb. 28. Homeowners who sign a contract with Solar Flair or New England Solar Hot Water by that date will qualify for savings on installations of solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar hot water systems.
President Trump recently imposed a 30 percent tariff on all non-U.S.-made solar PV panels. Solar Flair had pre-purchased a limited number of Canadian solar panels—enough for approximately 25 systems in the three towns. Once these panels are spoken for, prices will increase.
There is additional urgency to act now. In Massachusetts, utilities are required to purchase solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) each year from customers who have solar installations. The current set of SREC incentives is set to expire some time later this year and a new program with lower payments to homeowners will replace it.
Lincoln currently has about 110 solar installations and is adding more at a rate of 13 to 19 per year, said Belinda Gingrich of SolarizeLSW. Residents interested in obtaining a free site visit to determine their home’s solar photovoltaic or solar hot water viability should contact Gingrich at SolarizeLincoln@gmail.com, Matt Arner (email@example.com) of Solar Flair and/or John Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) of New England Solar Hot Water to schedule an appointment.