Next Step Living™ Teams with the City of Boston and Mayor Menino’s Office to “Solarize” the City

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Renew Boston Solarize Brings Solar Energy to Homeowners at New Bulk Pricing Discounts - Next Step Living™ has won the Renew Boston Solarize contract with the City of Boston to provide solar energy to homeowners through a new community discount program designed to make solar energy more affordable and available than ever.

Next Step Living makes our world better.

We are grateful to have this opportunity to serve our community and help our customers improve the comfort, value, and energy efficiency of their homes, while working together to protect the environment for future generations.

Next Step Living™ is pleased to announce it has won the Renew Boston Solarize contract with the City of Boston to provide solar energy to homeowners through a new community discount program designed to make solar energy more affordable and available than ever.

Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Next Step Living is New England’s leading whole-home energy solutions company, serving nearly 50,000 households since 2008.

Renew Boston Solarize officially launched Tuesday, August 27, 2013, and will run through November 30, 2013.

What is Renew Boston Solarize?
Renew Boston Solarize is a community initiative of the City of Boston designed to bring competitively priced solar energy systems to homeowners by leveraging the power of the community to purchase equipment and services in bulk, thus reducing the cost.

“Last year I joined the clean energy revolution, and I hope to have even more Bostonians join me in this year’s campaign,” Mayor Menino said. “Residents and businesses can lock in lower energy costs, create new clean energy jobs right here in Boston, and help us continue to ‘greenovate’ our city.”

Through this program, qualified property owners will be able to install solar with little or no upfront cost and a monthly solar payment plan that could be less than what they are currently paying for electricity. In addition to providing rates that are affordable, Renew Boston Solarize offers a streamlined process for installation.

Next Step Living has teamed with the city on multiple initiatives since 2009, including the successful Renew Boston program that has helped more than 18,000 Boston residents save energy, and the Mayor’s Whole Building Incentive initiative, which is designed to significantly cut the cost of energy efficiency improvements in two- and three-family homes.

“Mayor Menino, the City of Boston, and the people of Boston have been our partners and supporters from Day 1” said Geoff Chapin, CEO and founder of Next Step Living. “We are extremely proud and grateful to have this opportunity to serve our community as well as help our customers improve the comfort, value, and energy efficiency of their homes, while working together to protect the environment for future generations.”

To provide more information and answer any questions, a series of informative workshops will also be offered throughout the city, starting with the following: September 7 in Hyde Park, September 30 in West Roxbury, and October 6 in Dorchester. More dates and locations will be added to the workshop schedule in the near future.

Homeowners interested in participating in the Renew Boston Solarize program should visit Solar.RenewBoston.org, or call 866-867-8729.

The Next Step Living Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Potential.
A true Boston success story, Next Step Living was recently ranked number 84 on the prestigious 2013 Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States; has been named a finalist for the 2013 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards; and is currently under consideration for the “Hire Power Awards” given yearly by Inc. magazine to recognize privately held companies that excel at creating jobs and opportunities in their communities.

As demand for its services continues to climb, the Next Step Living team has grown impressively from its four original employees in 2008 to almost 650 today. Recruitment for positions throughout the company continues, including customer care and outreach, energy and sales advisors, home systems specialists and marketing.

Next Step Living’s goal is to make it easy and affordable for people to live in homes with a low environmental impact. The estimated impact of Next Step Living’s 50,000 home energy assessments is an annual carbon dioxide reduction of over 18,000 metric tons. To put this figure in perspective, this is equivalent to taking 3,750 fossil fuel-burning cars off New England’s roadways.

About Next Step Living, Inc.
One of the fastest growing companies in New England, Next Step Living™ is the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Next Step Living makes it easy and affordable for people to live in homes with a low environmental impact. A one-stop service provider for informed advice, funding guidance and expert work done under fixed-fee contracts, Next Step Living partners with more than 350 municipalities, civic organizations and leading corporations to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for better living. Since 2008, Next Step Living has helped New England homeowners achieve almost $10 million in energy savings, which is expected to grow to $55 million in the next five years. Next Step Living makes our world better. Visit NextStepLiving.com for more information.

1 “Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator,” United States Environmental Protection Agency, accessed August 8, 2013, http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html.

TRADEMARK: Next Step Living is a registered trademark of Next Step Living, Inc. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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