ADAMS -- The Board of Selectmen will hold a workshop meeting Wednesday to consider submitting an application to join the Solarize Mass program by the Oct. 22 deadline.
The board decided at its Sept. 18 meeting to further explore the possibility of enrolling in Solarize Mass, a state program that attempts to reduce the cost of household solar panel installation.
Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said Selectmen could submit an application if there is significant public interest in the program.
Under the program, homeowners can buy or lease photovoltaic solar panels from an energy company, which is chosen from a state-approved list by the town.
A homeowner can also allow the company to retain ownership of the panels and buy the electricity produced by them at a rate lower than a utility’s charge.
The program essentially bundles homeowners to increase their purchasing power. The more people in a town that sign up for home installation, the lower the cost is per person.
Solarize Mass issued its second request for proposal of 2013 earlier this month. It requires that a town has a "clear outreach plan" to encourage its residents to take part in the program.
Solarize Mass -- a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center -- will approve a minimum of eight applicants.
The towns of Lee and Williamstown are already taking part in Solarize Mass. More than 40 homes in Williamstown and 23 in Lee have signed contracts for solar installation.
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