Brookhaven officials are trying to make it easier for homeowners to install solar panels by offering rebates and tax credits through a state program designed to encourage solar energy.
Residents are invited to attend workshops and meet with staff from SUNation Solar Systems, an Oakdale-based solar energy installer, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville.
SUNation won a bid to serve as Brookhaven's designated solar installer through NY-Sun, a state Energy Research and Development Authority program that encourages solar energy development by offering rebates and other benefits. Brookhaven is one of three Long Island towns taking part in the state program. The others are Huntington and Southampton.
About 25 communities statewide have adopted solar programs, said Dayle Zatlin, spokeswoman for the state Energy Research and Development Authority. More programs are expected to be added, but she could not say when.
In a statement, Brookhaven Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said the Solarize Brookhaven program is part of the town's effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2020.
"This program will give people the opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and save money on energy bills," Romaine said. "I encourage those who are interested to attend our kickoff event and take advantage of this great opportunity."
Mike Bailis, co-founder and chief sales officer for SUNation, said company officials hope to sign up at least 100 Brookhaven homeowners for solar energy systems. Such systems cost $25,000 to $40,000 and provide 10,000 watts of power, he said.
Customers would be eligible for rebates and state and federal tax credits that could help homeowners save about $2,500 annually on their energy bills, Bailis said. He said the credits and rebates are available until November.
"The more people that sign up, the more rebate is available to each and every person who signs up with the program," Bailis said. "There's a very high demand for solar right now."
Solarize Southampton officials planned to host a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the North Sea Community House, 130 Noyack Rd., Southampton, and a "kickoff event" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tiana Beach Pavilion, 72 Dune Rd., Hampton Bays.
Solarize Huntington held its workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main St., Huntington.