The Arizona Solar Society, a group that promotes solar energy in Arizona, is sponsoring a free Solar Town Hall Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Maricopa Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert.
Gilbert Mayor John Lewis will host a solar panel discussion on subjects related to energy efficiency, solar water heaters, solar power systems and rebates and tax credit programs to help pay the cost of new solar-energy installations.
"The purpose of the Gilbert Solar Town Hall Meeting is to educate residents and businesses in Gilbert on the benefits of harnessing solar power and teach them how to make smart purchase decisions," Lewis said in a written statement.
Arizona Public Service provides a $3 per watt rebate for new solar photovoltaic systems while Salt River Project provides $2.70 a watt. Arizona also offers a $1,000 tax credit and the federal government offers a 30 percent tax credit. The combined incentives will pay up to 75 percent of a renewable energy project's total cost, according to the solar society.
The Gilbert event will be the first of what the solar society hopes will be a series of town halls across Arizona on how residents can adopt solar energy, organizer Robert Hoskins said.
More information is available at www.gilbertaz.gov/headlinenews/shownews.cfm?recordID=501