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May 18, 2016 10:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Selects Vendor To Recommend For Solar Program

May 18, 2016 11:04 AM

Southampton Town officials have selected a solar vendor to recommend to residents who are interested in participating in the second year of the Solarize Southampton program.

Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he would like to see more thought put into the decision, however.

At the Town Board’s work session last Thursday, May 12, Director of Municipal Works Christine Fetten said that after reviewing proposals from three agencies for ways to promote solar energy use in the town, the town’s Sustainability Committee and engineers agreed that Southampton-based Green Logic would be the best vendor to recommend to residents who are interested in installing solar panels through the program. The selection, however, will not involve the town entering into a contract with Green Logic.

Last year, the first year of the three-month Solarize Southampton program—which offers tiered pricing for households to go solar—Green Logic was chosen as the company to provide services and install solar panels. Company representatives spoke to 184 interested parties, and 23 installations were in contract at the end of the three-month period.

Mr. Schneiderman said last week that because Green Logic was only one of three companies that submitted proposals this year, he would like the Sustainability Committee to look into other options to ensure that Green Logic offers the best prices. Ms. Fetten said it would not be a problem for the committee to reevaluate the proposals.

“I get nervous when we have to say, ‘Use these guys over these guys,’” the supervisor said. “I just want to make sure we do our homework.”

E-Alert System Still Active

Despite concerns about a declining number of E-notifications being sent to residents by Southampton Town regarding road closures and car accidents, no new protocol has been put in place when it comes to sending out the alerts.

Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone explained this week that the notifications, which are sent via email or text message after residents sign up for them at www.southamptontownny.gov, are created when the town’s Citizens Response Center is notified by police or other agencies about road closures, accidents and similar emergency events. If police do not notify the town, then no alert is sent out.

“There’s been no change. We only report what’s been reported to us, and there’s been no change of any kind,” Mr. Zappone said. “The tipping point that alerts us is a call from the police department.”

Additionally, Mr. Zappone said that if an event occurs over the weekend, or in the evening, it is unlikely that an alert will be sent because CRC staff work only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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Why do the police not initiate the alert..after all they are on duty 24/7.or is it more in line with Town police to make issues complicated
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on May 18, 16 11:08 AM
Oh I mention town policy not police
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on May 18, 16 11:09 AM
The town govt shouldn't be pick winners Nd loosers in the solar panels industry. Ive just about had with Green Logic over charging becUse of market dominance. There should be a pool of capable, vetted contractors available, not this one dimensional solution.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on May 19, 16 2:02 AM
The town govt shouldn't be pick winners Nd loosers in the solar panels industry. Ive just about had with Green Logic over charging becUse of market dominance. There should be a pool of capable, vetted contractors available, not this one dimensional solution.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on May 19, 16 2:02 AM