Save money with solar energy

By Kelly McCarthy

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Even on cloudy Binghamton days, the Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW) said residents could produce enough solar energy to lower their energy bills to almost nothing.

STSW's first community-wide solar initiative will be to use state and federal tax incentives to reduce the cost for homeowners in Broome and Tioga counties to go solar.

Southern Tier Solar Works is partnering with ETM Solar Works to install solar energy panels in homes.

The owner of ETM Solar Works said people will see reduced energy bills and sometimes no energy bill at all.

"There's probably 20 or 30 percent of the customers that we have put systems in for who have a zero electric bill," said Dr. Gay Canough, "And there's even a few of them that generated enough extra that they were able to offset all of the cost of the basic service charge also."

The team is inviting the public to workshops where they can sign up to be part of the program if they think its right for their home.

"At that point free site visits commence and we'll see if your site is suitable for solar," said Adam Flint of Cornell Cooperative Extension. "If it is suitable for solar then we get contracts going, look at financing, and we get the things up on people's roofs."

There will be 10 workshops around the Southern Tier with information on incentives, discounts, and types of solar panels this program can offer.

Workshops:

Tuesday, April 1, 7-9 p.m., Tioga Downs, 2384 W. River Road, Nichols

Wednesday, April 9, 7-9 p.m., Hubbard Auditorium (2nd floor), Tioga County Government Building, 56 Main Street, Owego

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6-8 p.m., Broome County Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-Noon, Waterman Environmental Education Center, 403 Hilton Rd., Apalachin

Tuesday, April 15, 7-9 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, (Entrance in back/basement), 17 Nanticoke Avenue, Endicott

Thursday, April 17, 7-9 p.m., Windsor Village Community House, 107 Main Street, Windsor

Wednesday, April 23, 7-9 p.m., Park Terrace United Methodist Church, 30 Glann Road, Apalachin

Thursday, May 1, 7-9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton (Focus on Solar Finance).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7-9 p.m., Vestal Public Library, 320 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal

Wednesday, May 14, 7 - 9 p.m., J. Ralph Ingalls School, 35 Church Street, Maine, NY 13802

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