Northampton Housing Authority to undergo solar energy project

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Northampton is working to save taxpayers’ money allocated to the Housing Authority. It’s all an effort to prove that anyone can afford to go green.

The Housing Authority hopes by August, 12 of their developments will get energy from solar power.

Power Options is a green solutions company in Massachusetts that’s helping the Housing Authority get the power from a solar farm in Monson. It’s a 20 year contract that’s projected to save $15,000 in energy expenses.

Taxpayers won’t be paying less though; the money saved will be used for other projects like replacing old light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.

“I think Northampton is an example for the rest of the country,” said John Hite, Executive Director of the Northampton Housing Authority. “This was a program, and a possibility, that we undertook because of the immediate savings to the Housing Authority on the utility costs, and the fact it’s good for the environment.”

500 families living in Housing Authority buildings pay for their own utilities, but another 614 units will be impacted by this change.

Northampton is the only Western Massachusetts Housing Authority to collaborate with Power Options to get solar energy.

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