Provincetown moves forward with efforts to increase green, environmentally sustainable living
Provincetown, Mass. – Those most familiar with Provincetown would likely point to it’s progressive culture, celebratory attitude and historical significance as the primary aspects of what makes the Massachusetts town so unique and beloved by residents and visitors alike. As one of America’s premier vacation destinations, champions of same-sex marriage and first stop by the Pilgrims almost 400 years ago, there is much to celebrate about the quirky borough at the tip of Cape Cod. Now PTown, as it is known by locals, is looking to add environmental advocacy to that list as it announces two upcoming efforts designed to help raise awareness on green energy, sustainability and the potential economic impact they could have on the community.
The first of these efforts is Provincetown’s application to participate in the 2015 Solarize Mass Program. The program is a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and cities and towns across Massachusetts. Now in its fourth year, the program has led to more than 2400 residents and business owners signing contracts for small-scale solar electricity systems, while educating thousands more about the economic and environmental benefits of solar electricity, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies.
The potential acceptance of PTown’s application to the 2015 Solarize Mass Program would enable property owners to make solar photovoltaic (PV) installations more accessible through a marketing campaign in partnership with community-selected solar installers. The more individuals sign up for solar installations the more the price per installation decreases, collectively benefitting the entire community and providing incentives for more people to consider installations as well.
The second effort by Provincetown to cultivate more environmental awareness and green living advocacy is an upcoming meeting set for Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Marc Jacobs Room of the Provincetown Public Library at 365 Commercial Street, to provide the PTown community with information on how to save energy and money in the upcoming winter season. The public meeting will be hosted by the Cape Light Compact, an award-winning energy services organization operated by the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
The Compact’s mission is to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of proven energy efficiency programs, effective consumer advocacy, competitive electricity supply and green power options. The meeting’s presentation, “Let Cape Light Compact Help Chill Your Bill,” will provide residents specific information for how best to prepare for the upcoming winter season and expected increases in electricity prices.
The Provincetown Tourism Office and Visitor Services Board have partnered in support of promoting these two important initiatives for the people of Provincetown in an overall effort to further establish the community’s progressive reputation, now with regard to environmental sustainability, green living and positive economic impact. Residents are encouraged to follow, participate and help spread the word on these items in the hopes of a robust, collective effort to improve the quality of life, land and economy of those who call Provincetown home.