Fleischmanns to host program on solar energy

Fleischmanns — Want to protect your budget, your home and the environment? Then attend Fleischmanns First’s Fourth Forum on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., immediately following the Fleischmanns First abbreviated monthly meeting at La Cabana on Main Street, Fleischmanns. Admission is free

The environment and your budget need help. With gas heading towards $4.50 and $5 a gallon, NYSEG costs going up and solar panel costs slowly heading down, solar generation of electricity for homes and businesses is a tempting way to go and is readily available in our area. 

Two distinguished speakers will cover all aspects of installing solar panels. Information about geo-thermal heat will also be available and application forms and information from NYSERDA, the New York State agency that awards rebates to home and business owners.

Keynote Speaker Alan White, director of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, will discuss his recent project where a 35-panel solar array was erected on the Erpf House in Arkville. He will present his long-range plan for energy conservation for the Erpf House.

Scott Gould of Energy Alternatives, which installed 150 panels at Sunflower in Woodstock, will explore the issues concerning solar panel installation for both commercial and residential building, and will present the alternate choices of “on grid,” “off grid” and hybrid systems and some cost estimates.

If you are interested in energy independence, or just a little relief from your escalating electric bill, don’t miss this forum. For more information call 586-2611.