Ashland, Natick, Framingham & Holliston Partnering For Solar & Clean Heat Challenge

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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is working with Ashland, Natick, and Holliston to develop the MetroWest Regional Solar + Clean Heat Challenge, according to City of Framingham Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III.

“Similar to the Solarize Program organized by the Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the goal of the program is to encourage the adoption of renewable energy and highly efficient, low-emission heating and cooling technologies throughout the communities,” the COO told the City Council.

The program is planned to offer MetroWest residents and small businesses, including those in Framingham, an opportunity to adopt solar photovoltaics, air-source heat pumps, and ground-source heat pumps, said Kezer.

A solar-assisted heat pump is a machine that represents the integration of a heat pump and thermal solar panels in a single integrated system In this system the solar thermal panel performs the function of the low temperature heat source and the heat produced is used to feed the heat pump’s evaporator.

More information is expected to be released on the program closer to launch, said Kezer in an email to the legislative branch.

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