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Big changes are happening in clean energy, and Newton is no exception.  Here are a two key initiatives happening in town:

  • Newton Solar Challenge: The Newton Solar Challenge will run through Fall 2015.  You can learn more about this program at the Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce Green Solutions Expo on Oct. 18 in Newton Centre.  Here’s coverage in the Newton Tab. There will also be a tiny solar powered house there.
            Another opportunity to learn more: Solar Open House – Newton Solar Challenge
     Saturday, October 10th
    87 Thurston Rd.
    Newton Upper Falls
     Come and see how solar looks, works, saves money for Newton homeowners.  Speak with solar installation, engineering and energy experts.
  • Newton Energy Savers: The City of Newton is partnering with Green Newton and Next Step Living to offer a free home energy efficiency assessment.  Energy Saver Guinea Pig and Newton Tab editor Andy Levin writes about this effort here.  The goal is to reach Newton’s goal of a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020.  In my house we had this done by partner Next Step Living a few years ago. I can attest there was no hard sell (in fact, I was kind of disappointed we were already too well insulated).  Moreover, I hear there will be on-the-spot upgrades like free LED lightbulbs.

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