Ground-mounted solar panels can be a good solution for homeowners whose roof has too much shade for solar power.

“One-stop shopping” for free or discounted energy efficiency and solar energy projects will be available beginning May 12 to East Hampton home and business owners through Energize East Hampton, a joint initiative with Long Island Green Homes, South Fork Peak Savers, Renewable Energy Long Island, and the Town of East Hampton.

Similar to Southampton’s Tri-Energy program, Energize East Hampton has three components: Solarize East Hampton, LI Green Homes, and South Fork Peak Savers.

Solarize East Hampton is a program that will make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local homeowners and businesses through bulk purchasing.

Long Island Green Homes provides free home energy assessments and assistance with efficiency upgrades.

South Fork Peak Savers offers free smart thermostats, pool pump rebates, and free commercial lighting efficiency upgrades.

The initiative will be launched with an informational booth at the East Hampton Village Street Fair on Newtown Lane on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where visitors can learn all about the options.

The free programs are available to residents and businesses of both the Town of East Hampton and the Village of East Hampton.

Residents and business owners who sign up for solar installations by October 2018 through Solarize East Hampton will be able to take advantage of group rates below market prices, by using a designated solar installer who has undergone a thorough pre-qualification process. The more customers sign up, the lower the price will be for everyone.

“Thanks to state assistance, we will now be able to offer solar installations below market prices to East Hampton home and business owners, along with other energy savings programs,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc. “The Energize East Hampton initiative will help our community to save energy and money and is another important step in reaching our 100 percent renewable energy goals.”

“Energize East Hampton offers a great opportunity for residents and business owners to not only increase energy efficiency and reap savings at their homes and offices, but to join in the shift to renewable energy that will reduce our carbon footprint and the impact of fossil fuels on the environment,” said East Hampton Town Councilwoman Sylvia Overby.

Solarize East Hampton is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative.

NY-Sun is expected to invest up to $1 billion in solar power through 2023, significantly expanding solar installations across the state.

Long Island Green Homes and South Fork Peak Savers are supported by NYSERDA and PSEG Long Island, respectively.

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