The City of Boston has a green agenda, and you can get in on it through Sept. 30 at little immediate cost.
Last week, Mayor Thomas Menino joined 20 other Boston property owners, who had enlisted in the Solarize Mass program, which allows Boston property owners to add solar cells to their roofs with little upfront cost.
The way the agreement works, a solar company leases your roof and installs solar cells on it. The company takes responsibility for maintaining the cells themselves and the performance of the whole system. In return, the property owner agrees to purchase — at a special, lower-rate — the power generated by their panels for the next 20 years.
According to a release, the system will save Menino and his wife an estimated $18 per month on their electric bill while also giving them the knowledge that turning on their lights will now generate less greenhouse gases.
“I encourage everyone to join the clean energy revolution in Boston,” Menino said in a release. “Solar power is now more affordable than ever in the city. It’s being installed on residences, businesses, and municipal buildings at an increasing rate.”
To date, no Charlestown property owners have decided to take part in the Solarize Mass program, but one in neighboring East Boston has, according to data supplied by the city Monday. So far, Jamaica Plain has been far more active in the program than any other Boston neighborhood.
For more information, go to SolarizeMass.com/Boston
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Number of properties in program