Letter: Consider switching to solar energy this year

From: Barry S. Kastner


“Neighbors helping neighbors to harness clean solar energy for a lifetime of satisfaction and savings” is the motto of the Columbus Community Solar Initiative (CCSI). So far, CCSI has helped 28 neighbors in the greater Columbus area to go solar. Twenty-five households, two non-profit agencies and one house of worship are now generating clean energy and saving real money. They have found it is simple and affordable to go solar.

Going solar helps you gain control over your electric utility bills. It is a sound investment that pays back for years. And, you can feel good about where your electricity comes from.

CCSI is a not-for-profit project of the local chapter of the Sierra Club and Energy Matters Community Coalition. We are volunteers with no financial interest in the solar projects. CCSI leverages the buying power of many buyers to get great prices and terms from solar vendors. The vendors go through an in-depth selection process, including track-record, customer satisfaction, products and technical competence. CCSI makes the purchasing process very easy and reliable.

This year is a great year to go solar. Panel prices, interconnection rules and tax credits are all favorable. It’s the last year to get the 30 percent federal tax credit.

Please plan to attend one of our “Go Solar” workshops. The workshops will be conducted:

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Bartholomew County Public Library Conference Room
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 26 in The Commons Xenia Miller Conference Room
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m. April 25 in the Bartholomew County Public Library Conference Room

All are in downtown Columbus.

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