The Solar Panel Panel
Adult Enrichment / ACE Highlights -
You can be part of the climate solution. Learn how to install a solar energy system at your house from experienced an panel who have already gone through the process. One way homeowners can help get us to zero carbon quickly, and save money, is if we start to provide our own energy. Learn some tips and tricks, bring your own questions, and get ideas for your own home. We will also cover alternatives for renters, solutions for roofs where solar panels won’t work, and solar hot water systems.
Co-sponsored by Arlington Mothers Out Front and Sustainable Arlington
Coralie Cooper is the Chair of Arlington’s Clean Energy Future Committee which is implementing the Town’s new Net Zero Action Plan and a member of Arlington Mothers Out Front. Coralie is also Deputy Director of a multi-state air quality non-profit association, working with state air agencies to develop strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions. Coralie has an MCP degree from MIT. a B.A. from Boston University, is LEED AP BD+C accredited, and a Certified Energy Manager.
Tom Ehbrecht is a 21-year resident of Arlington and co-chair of Sustainable Arlington. He participated in the HeatSmart program and converted his home from an oil fired heating system to an air source heat pump mini split system and solar hot water heater. Combined with opting for up to 100% renewable power with Arlington Community Electricity, he has dramatically reduced his home’s carbon footprint and even saved money on their heating bill.
Scott Samenfeld is a 22-year resident of Arlington and long-time member of Sustainable Arlington. He participated in the HeatSmart Program and took advantage of the Menotomy Weatherization Program, which provided blown-in insulation and air sealing. Additionally, Scott was able to participate in a pilot program through the Boston Action for Boston Community Development (ABDC) that provided for the conversion from a combination of oil forced hot air and baseboard electric to a ducted air source heat pump and mini-split heat pumps. Combined with solar panels on the roof, he has significantly reduced the carbon footprint and saved money.
Ezekiel Wheeler is an Arlington resident who has set up two solar installations totalling over 31kwh with another 54kwh in his home and business, which power two electric cars. He's also partnered with MassSave for a lighting retrofit and air-source heat pump for his warehouse, and blown-in insulation on his home. Through the Arlington Winchester HeatSmart program, he installed ground source heat pumps and solar hot water on his 2-family home, bringing these technologies to his family and renters as well. Ezekiel is interested in proving a solid ROI for these choices both at home, and at work.
Andy Winslow grew up in Arlington, went through Arlington schools, graduated from Clark University in 2017 with a BA and MS in Environmental Science and Policy, worked closely with former Arlington Energy Manager Ken Pruitt for over a year on the HeatSmart program and is now established at NEEP.
Andy Winslow Buildings & Community Solutions Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships;
2019 Arlington HeatSmart Coach