The average price per watt for solar panel installation in Rhode Island is $3.89, but Charlestown’s contractor offered a shared price of $2.94 per watt assuming 25 or more homes sign up. That low price combined with the state incentive and federal tax credits means you will actually make money from your solar panels. Even if one doesn’t care about the positive environmental impact, most people are happy to get a good return on their investment.
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Over 75 Charlestown residents attended the Solarize Charlestown program at Cross Mills Library on June 27 to learn about the State Incentives, Federal Tax Credits, and group purchasing power made possible by the partnership of the State of Rhode Island and the Town of Charlestown that make this an affordable time to add solar panels to your roof.
If you missed the program or just want to review the June 27 presentation, we have put together a slide show with a short summary of what we learned.
When: Monday, July 17 all day (8am to 5pm)
Where: 314 Tockwotten Cove Road, Charlestown (map below)
What: Open House – Live Solar Installation
You are invited to drop by anytime on Monday and the Sol Power crew will be on site to answer questions and display the installation process and hardware.
When: Saturday, July 22 from 9am to 12pm
Where: 26 Dowd Dr., Charlestown
What: Join the Solarize Charlestown Team, meet solar ambassador Nancy Mogielnicki, and tour Nancy’s solar home to learn how you can add solar to your home.
Please join the Solarize Charlestown Team at Solar 101 to meet representatives of Sol Power and learn more about the State Incentives, Federal Tax Credits, and group purchasing power made possible by the partnership of the State of Rhode Island and the people of Charlestown that make this an affordable time to add solar panels to your roof. Visit http://www.solpowersolar.com/charlestown to learn more.
When: Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cross Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Rd., Charlestown.
When: Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cross Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown
Why: Learn all about the Solarize program and meet the people from Sol Power, the official contractor selected for the Charlestown Solarize program.
At the June 7 launch of Solarize Charlestown at the Charlestown Senior Center, the selection of Sol Power as the solar installation provider for the Solarize Charlestown campaign was announced. That selection was the culmination of a competitive RFP process that began with a large group of qualified providers, and finally with a very small […]
When: Wednesday, June 7th, 2:00 PM
Where: Charlestown Senior Center, 100 Park Lane, Ninigret Park
Why: The RI Office of Energy Resources and Rhode Island Commerce will announce the contractor chosen for the Solarize Charlestown program and begin the citizen sign up period.
RSVP: If possible, please RSVP to email@example.com or 401-215-3285
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Commerce RI have selected Charlestown to participate in a program to make solar energy more affordable to residents and small businesses, and to simplify the process of finding a contractor and installing solar panels for personal electric generation. Solarize Charlestown will bring residents together as a group […]
Since 2010, Charlestown Town Councils have worked well with most commissions by practicing the philosophy of government that recommends you keep your political opposition close and work with them to reduce acrimony and find common ground. But a small faction of the Parks and Recreation Commission has used their appointments to politicize the commission to attack the Town Council.
The lack of data allows the FRA to grossly underestimate the human, environmental, cultural, and agricultural impacts
The EIS, planning, and preliminary engineering etc., is prepared by Parsons Brinkerhoff/AECOM Joint Venture. It’s reported that $40 million has been spent so far on this planning process. How hard would it be to spend a few more pennies to write a letter stating that the plan includes “new rails and a new rail route in your community”. Or better yet, why not have included the towns in the scoping process from the very beginning?
The following letter was submitted to NEC Future as a request for an extension to the comment period on the Tier 1 Final EIS and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner. Ruth Platner is Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission. No one in the town of Charlestown, the government or the […]
Connecticut’s US Senator Richard Blumenthal held a town meeting at the Old Lyme Connecticut Town Hall at noon on Thursday, December 22 to discuss the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan for the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon” bypass.
He said this proposal must be countered and combated, it must not be allowed to be approved as a plan.
The following letter was submitted to local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner. Ruth Platner is Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission. The North South Trail is a 77-mile long hiking trail that begins in Charlestown at Blue Shutters Beach and passes through Burlingame, Carolina, and Arcadia State Management […]
It is important to elect independent Town Councilors who will put the interest of the town, its tax rate, and its environment first. These Independent Town Council candidates are committed to our environment and rural character. They understand the connection between protection of our natural resources and our low tax rate.
On Wednesday, June 22, the Charlestown Planning Commission gave Preliminary Approval to ChurchWoods, the affordable, senior housing proposed for commercial land next to the Episcopal church in Cross’ Mills. New members of the Planning Commission and members of the public were likely surprised that the town would approve and even provide funding to an application […]
On June 18 the Rhode Island Legislature passed another version of the so called “Dry Lands Bill” that “provides that wetland buffers not be excluded from the calculation of buildable lot areas, minimum lot sizes or in the calculation of buildable lots or units”. The new legislation will result in more house lots being created […]
Boston.com found three easy-to-get-to places in New England with a great view of the Milky Way and listed Frosty Drew as number one! The other two were the much more remote Acadia National Park, in Maine, and East Blue Hill, also in Maine. We are truly lucky to be able to see the night sky […]
The 2004 survey that the Ninigret Park Master Plan is based on showed 60% of respondents wanted more pedestrian trails in the park. This was the single largest preference of survey takers. This about face by the bond proponents on the proposal for a trail system at Ninigret Park isn’t a big surprise, but it is still a disappointment.
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner Granting a conservation easement over undeveloped land is very much like hiring a security firm to protect your home. The security firm doesn’t live in your home, or stop your use, but they do keep others from […]
The following letter appeared in local newspapers, and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner On April 23, the Westerly Sun published a story, “Group seeks $1 million bond for Ninigret Park work,” in which Frank Glista, one of the authors of the construction bond for Ninigret, lamented the amount of money […]
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner. Ms. Platner is Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission. Electing Independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Tom Gentz, Virginia Lee, Denise Rhodes, George Tremblay, and Bonnie Van Slyke is important to our tax rate, our economy, and to […]
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner. Ms. Platner is Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission. The meetings of the Charlestown Planning Commission, Town Council, and Zoning Board are video taped, audio taped, and these tapes are available to the public 24/7 at the […]
The following letter appeared in Rhode Island newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Ruth Platner. Ms. Platner is a member of the Charlestown Planning Commission and has been a candidate (elected) in non-partisan elections since 1998. After years of citizen lobbying, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted unanimously in May […]
If you’re looking for a book to read this summer, pick up a copy or ask the library to order Paul Bogard’s new book, “The End of Night.” Below is an excellent online NPR radio interview with the author if you want to learn more about the topic. Click on arrow in the red box […]
An easement is an insurance policy to preserve scenic beauty, protect water quality, conserve wildlife habitat, protect public access, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation
Guest Post by Ruth Platner (guest posts are moderated, but not approved or endorsed by the CCA Steering Committee) ———————————————— In the last 15 years there have been 5 major statewide open space referendums for the preservation of land for over $100 million in Rhode Island. These state ballot initiatives in the 1998, 2000, 2004, […]
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner ———————————————- Stone crushing, sand and gravel removal, and other issues related to extractive industries have been at the forefront of local news in recent months. Extractive industries have been a prohibited use in Charlestown for many years. […]
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner ————————- In 2011, the RI Department of Environmental Management’s new stormwater regulations went into effect. These new regulations came out of a 2007 law that required DEM and the Coastal Resources Management Council to amend the 1993 […]
I hope that Charlestown will continue the practice established by the state, other towns, and conservation organizations, of raising the funds first and then being ready for open space opportunities when they arise.
Attached is a fact sheet regarding House bill 5425/Senate bill 672 – known as the wetlands setback bill, and House bill 5703/Senate bill 544 – known as the steep slopes bill. Both bills are on the fast track towards passage in committee and in each branch of the legislature. You must convince your State Representatives […]