Round Two of Ecology Action Center's Group Solar Buy Program Launching May 19

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 Downs resident Eric Marshall had a participated in the 2016 group solar buy program, purchasing a ground-mount solar array for his farm. The Ecology Action Center announced a second purchasing round earlier this week. (Photo: Ecology Action Center)

Downs resident Eric Marshall had a participated in the 2016 group solar buy program, purchasing a ground-mount solar array for his farm. The Ecology Action Center announced a second purchasing round earlier this week. (Photo: Ecology Action Center)

Normal’s Ecology Action Center (EAC) is partnering again with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to help McLean County residents and businesses harness the power of solar.

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 is the second group solar buy program leveraging bulk purchasing and local expertise to make solar power more accessible and affordable for the community.

EAC Assistant Director Larissa Armstrong said the first program added 430 kilowatts of solar capacity to McLean County in 2016.

The deadline to participate this year is September 30.

St. Louis, Missouri-based StraightUp Solar, with a branch office in Bloomington, will serve as the installer for the program.

Start Here: Armstrong said homeowners, business owners and farm owners interested in using solar to lower their electricity bills should attend one of the program’s Solar Power Hours. The free, public one-hour information sessions include the basics of solar, a rundown of the group buy program and how it can save participants time and money.

The first session will be 6 p.m. May 24 at the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, 724 W. Washington St., Bloomington.

Eric Marshall, one of the participants in the 2016 program, will host a solar open house for the public to see and ask questions about his solar installation from 10 a.m.-noon May 19 at his home, 6880 N. 2075 East Road, Downs.

A full list of Solar Power Hours dates and locations is available at SolarBloomingtonNormal.com.

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