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Amherst may extend solarize campaign

Amherst's campaign to promote solar panels on residential roofs may be extended, officials said.

The campaign launched in May has resulted in 50 contracts with the town's three preferred installers – Solar by CIR, Solar Liberty and Frey Electric – said Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.

The campaign was slated to end Monday but the Town Board is expected to consider extending it through September 30. The town has also waived the electrical permit fee for all contracts.

For leading the campaign, the town is eligible for a $250,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The town's application calls for using the grant to install 70 solar panels on the Clearfield Recreation Center roof, as well as an electric car charging station, Weinstein said.

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