LOWELL — Residents in the city’s Highlands neighborhood may soon be visited by representatives of a program designed to encourage installing solar panels on roofs.
The Lowell Green Building Commission, in collaboration with a Boston-based home-energy provider, is kicking off the Lowell Solar Challenge, which is designed to help homeowners learn whether their homes are properly situated and suitable for solar panels.
“The Lowell Green Building Commission is supporting local home-energy leader Next Step Living in identifying and alerting those Highlands neighborhood homeowners who have roofs that are right for solar,” said Jay Mason, associate chairman of the commission, in a statement. “Solar Challenge representatives will be knocking on the doors of qualified homes, providing a solar-information table and workshop for homeowners and will be asking Lowell homeowners to explore their home’s solar-energy potential by scheduling a free solar-site assessment.”
The program has scheduled two forums for those interested in obtaining additional information:
* Feb. 8. Campaign information table at Starbucks, 101 Drum Hill Road, Chelmsford, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Feb. 26. Solar workshop about the benefits of going solar (and enjoy free food and refreshments) at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club, 121 Staples St., at 7 p.m. (snow date is March 5 at 7 p.m.)
Representatives from the program say nearly 17,000 single-family homes in Lowell have been assessed under this challenge and more than 750 of them in the Highlands neighborhood appear to have good solar potential.
Only 15 percent of Massachusetts homes are properly oriented south and have roofs that are good for solar. But experts say those that do can save up to 25 percent on electric costs over the life of a solar system.
For a free solar assessment, visit LowellSolar.org or call 866-867-8729.