Solar Campaign Is Extended

Citing strong interest, the Town of East Hampton is continuing the Solarize East Hampton campaign that affords residential and commercial property owners a discounted price on solar panel installation beyond the original Oct. 31 sign-up deadline.

Discounted solar array installation is offered through GreenLogic Energy, a Southampton company selected as the campaign’s designated solar installer. Upon signing up for Solarize East Hampton, GreenLogic guides property owners through the process, which begins with a free consultation, site assessment, and estimate. 

Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc had a rooftop solar electric system installed on his house through the program this year. “We paid nothing out of pocket; roughly half of the total cost will be covered by state and federal tax credits, and low-interest financing covers the rest,” he said in a statement issued yesterday. “We are meeting all of our energy needs, while also providing clean, renewable energy to the grid.”

The campaign is part of Energize East Hampton, a renewable energy initiative launched in May that connects residents and businesses to programs that lower energy bills and consumption, and furthers the town’s efforts to reach its communitywide 100-percent renewable energy goals. The program is available to building owners in East Hampton Town, including East Hampton Village. Information and sign-up are at energizeeh.org/solar, or at the town’s Natural Resources Department at 300 Pantigo Road, Suite 107, in East Hampton.

Energize East Hampton also offers free home energy audits under the East Hampton Green Homes program, which identifies areas of energy waste and recommended energy-efficiency improvements, and South Fork Peak Savers, which offers free energy-saving “smart” thermostats to residents with central air-conditioning, rebates for some existing smart thermostats and pool pump replacements, and free commercial energy audits and LED lighting upgrades.