Gilbert Goes Solar With Arizona's First Solar Town Hall Meeting
GILBERT, AZ--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) - Gilbert residents are invited to attend
Gilbert's first FREE Solar Town Hall Meeting on Monday, February 22nd at
6:30 pm at the Maricopa's Southeast Regional Library located at 775 North
Greenfield Road at Guadalupe Road in Gilbert.
Mayor John Lewis will be hosting a Solar Panel Discussion featuring subject
matter experts on energy efficiency, solar water heaters, solar power
systems and utility rebate/federal/state tax credit programs that will help
Gilbert residents pay for up to 75% of equipment and installation costs.
"The purpose of the Gilbert Solar Town Hall Meeting is to educate residents
and businesses in Gilbert on the benefits of harnessing solar power and to
teach them how to make smart solar purchase decisions," said Mayor Lewis.
"As one of the fastest growing communities in America, we want to provide
an example for other communities to follow by reducing energy consumption
as much as possible and by harnessing our town's abundant supply of solar
energy and harnessing it to heat water and produce clean electricity for
Each panel member will give a 10-minute power point presentation on how
their system works and how much it will reduce residents' energy bills and
will be followed by a question and answer session that will allow residents
to ask questions.
"Residents are encouraged to bring a copy of their electric bill to the
meeting where vendors will be on hand to provide free quotes on how much a
solar system would cost for their household to Go Solar," said Tim
Rinesmith, Gilbert Environmental Program Task Force Chair. "Residents that
want to attend should RSVP "yes" to Helga Stafford at (480) 503-6767."
Most Arizona residents and businesses are not aware that utility companies
such as APS and SRP provide hundreds of millions of dollars in rebates to
customers that invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
APS provides a $3-per-watt rebate, while SRP provides a slight lower rate
of $2.70-per-watt rebate. Arizona offers a $1,000 tax credit and the
Federal Government offers a 30% tax credit/grant. Combined these
incentives will pay up to 75% of a renewable energy project's total cost.
Saving money, reducing consumption and using renewable energy will enable
every resident in Gilbert to save money on their monthly electricity bills.
Utility rates rarely decrease and even with only a small 3% electricity
rate increase every year, monthly electric bills will double by the year
The Gilbert Solar Town Hall Meeting will include an exhibitor area where
solar companies can setup exhibit tables to showcase energy efficiency,
solar hot water and solar power products and services.
If your city or town would like to conduct its own Solar Town Hall Meeting,
please contact the Arizona Solar Power Society or visit the group's "Go
Solar in Arizona" website at www.gosolarinarizona.com.