Since 2002, Self-Reliance has been proudly facilitating solar system installations in our region. In 2004, Self Reliance became a partner of the US Department of Energy Million Solar Roofs Initiative, with the goal of facilitating 510 solar installations in the region by 2010. This work focuses on educating the public and trades people that work with energy, as well as overcoming the various barriers to solar energy.
Announced in June 1997, the Million Solar Roofs Initiative was designed to facilitate the installation of solar energy systems on one million U.S. buildings by 2010. The initiative includes two types of solar technology: solar electric systems (or Photovoltaics) that produce electricity from sunlight and solar thermal systems that produce heat for domestic hot water, space heating, or heating swimming pools.
Before you consider a solar system for your home or business, you should invest in energy efficiency. For every dollar spent on energy efficiency, you save three to five dollars in renewable energy system costs. We strongly recommend that you have your building undergo a free energy audit provided by the Cape Light Compact. A free energy audit can help you decide how best to reduce your energy use. They offer rebate coupons for lighting and other efficient appliances, and an incentive program to help people insulate their homes. For information and to sign up, call 800-797-6699 and ask for a comprehensive energy audit. Please tell them Self Reliance referred you!
Solar Power is clean, local energy that generates no emissions, helping to protect the fragile environment around us.
Cape Cod & the Islands ecosystems suffer greatly from the effects of burning fossil fuels.
- Nitrogen loading is one of the biggest issues facing our bays and estuaries and it is directly linked to the burning of fossil fuels, the overuse of fertilizers and leaky septic systems. For more info on the effect of nitrogen loading on our coastline, visit www.waquoitbayreserve.org
- Air quality
Further, money spent on solar installations enters the local economy when most of our money spent on traditional energy sources leaves the area.