Solar Access helping low income homeowners access cost-saving renewable energy

Hampshire County

An Amherst woman is now using clean, renewable energy in her home and she couldn’t be more excited. 

Paulina Alenkina flipped the switch on her home’s new renewable-powered heating system Monday afternoon in front of state officials from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. 

The system was installed through Solar Access, a pilot program that uses a state-supported loan to increase access to cost-saving renewable energy technologies for low to moderate income homeowners. 

“You see how easy it is and really it’s just signing on the dotted line and the work begins and I can’t stop telling everyone about it, why wouldn’t you do it, it makes you cash right away,” said Alenkina. “It’s perfect.”

“We’re really, really enthusiastic about trying to help folks in the commonwealth who have trouble accessing clean energy, to make it a little easier for them and that is really the point of this program,” Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Steve Pike added.  

Paulina is expected to have a monthly loan payment of $205 and save $174 in energy costs every month.

The project is the first project to be completed under the affordable clean renewable energy program. 

Over the next 10 years, she is expected to save more than $18,000 in energy costs. 

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