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Solarize Brunswick Kickoff Events!

Date/Time
10/17/15
12:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, me 04011
United States

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Curtis Memorial Library – Morrell Meeting Room, 23 Pleasant St, Brunswick, MESolarize web

Join ReVision Energy as we kick off the Solarize Brunswick group purchase program. We’ll lead with an introduction to the Solarize program and how it works, as well as general overview of solar. Solar designers will be available during the event to help walk homeowners through the early stages of solar – how large a system do you need, looking up your roof on Google Maps to see if it faces south, how the Solarize pricing works, module choices, etc.

We strongly encourage attendees to bring a copy of a recent electric bill, and all of their questions about solar!

Light refreshments provided.

For more information, contact Linda Smith, Business Development Manager, Town of Brunswick, 85 Union Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011 / 207-721-0292 / lsmith@brunswickme.org .

 

The Town of Brunswick is pleased to announce ReVision Energy of Portland, Maine as its partner installer for the 2015-2016 Solarize Brunswick program. Beginning immediately, the Town and ReVision will work to promote the program through a number of Launch Events, building on outreach already done by the Town. Between now and the end of 2015, ReVision will contact Brunswick residents, businesses, and organizations interested in solar to arrange site visits and draw up quotes, with installations planned for Q1/Q2 2016.

The purpose of the Solarize Brunswick program is to help people get the best deal possible on solar energy systems through group purchasing. The more people who sign up for a solar energy project before December 31, 2015, the lower the cost of the project for everyone who participates. This model has proven successful in many other towns in northern New England where there is a strong level of local community involvement and people are willing to spread the word about the opportunity. Studies on solar adoption have proven time and again that the number one predictor of where a future solar energy system will occur is the proximity of an existing system–good neighbors helping other neighbors get in on the powerful benefits of renewable energy.

Selection of winning bidder for Solarize Brunswick has followed a deliberative process set in motion by the The Town’s release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) in July 2015. In response to the RFP, the Town received four qualifying bids from area installers. At the same time, the Town appointed a Selection Committee to evaluate bids. Bids were evaluated based on four criteria highlighted in the RFP, and weighed in roughly equal measure: quality of the equipment and installation; support of the customer provided by the bidder before, during and following installation; value of the proposed bid to the customer, in particular the value of the tiered pricing mechanism; and commitment to outreach and promotional activities.

All of the received bids were strong in one or more criteria. Multiple bids were strong across the board. But, only ReVision offered a proposal that was price-competitive, strong on features, and backed by a reputation for quality and service in the Brunswick area stretching back over a decade. Other factors were taken into account as well. The Town has been gathering names of interested residents and businesses, including tax exempt organizations, and has collected over 240 so far. The size of ReVision’s operations — distributed across northern New England, with 689 systems installation installed in 2014 alone, 486 of which taking place in Maine and more than 50 of those in Brunswick — inspire confidence that it can serve a successful Solarize Brunswick program in the planned timeframe. In addition, ReVision’s ability to arrange Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) makes it particularly attractive for some of the large tax exempt organizations that have expressed interest in Solarize. Finally, ReVision’s commitment to Community Solar Farms (CSFs) make it attractive in Brunswick, where there has been strong interest from consumers for a CSF option.

The Selection Committee considered all of the bids carefully, and considered more than one bid in its final round of deliberations. However, after rounds of Q&A and following interviews, it chose ReVision Energy unanimously and without qualification as the Town’s partner installer. The Town eagerly looks forward to working with ReVision to make Solarize Brunswick a success! Said Phil Coupe of ReVision, “All of us at ReVision Energy are grateful for this opportunity to partner with Town of Brunswick to help residents, businesses, non-profits and the town itself acquire robust, reliable solar energy systems at the lowest possible cost through the Solarize community purchasing program. Maine’s strong solar resource is proven to deliver a solid economic and environmental return on a solar energy investment and we look forward to helping Brunswick reduce its long-term energy costs and the carbon pollution that results from burning oil, propane and natural gas.”

For more information, contact Linda Smith, Business Development Manager, Town of Brunswick, 85 Union Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011 / 207-721-0292 / lsmith@brunswickme.org .

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