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Nonprofit hosts program to help businesses go solar

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A local organization is looking to help businesses and residents learn about installing solar power.
(Contributed) A local organization is looking to help businesses and residents learn about installing solar power.

Businesses searching for a way to install solar power can find out how to do that with an upcoming program hosted by Sustainable Energy Fund.

The nonprofit, based in Schnecksville, said it would host Solarize Lehigh Valley on May 3 at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The regional program aims to help local businesses and residents go solar by removing some of the obstacles associated with buying and installing solar by working with one contractor for installations and offering educational workshops to explain the process and the benefits of going solar.

Some of the obstacles for installing solar power are upfront costs, structural concerns, permitting and education, said Kelly Sanders, Sustainable Energy Fund’s director of special projects. The organization is negotiating the contract with the company that would be the sole contractor for solar installations, she added.

The organization plans to use the event to educate the community, help people reduce the cost of installations, raise awareness and increase adoption of solar energy in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Sustainable Energy Fund will host the event at the Silk Lounge at Allentown Brew Works and include happy hour and networking from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., followed by a presentation by Sanders about the program.

“Large corporations have been driving the growth of renewable energy, but small companies and homeowners have been looking for ways to invest as well,” Sanders said. “Solarize Lehigh Valley aims to make it easier for small businesses and residential customers to go solar. We have seen an increase for solar energy in our neighboring states, so it’s time for Pennsylvania to catch up. The cost is decreasing as technology improves and the federal tax credit begins to decrease in 2020.”

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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