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More Mass. communities join solar energy program

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Fifteen more communities are participating in the second round of a grassroots solar energy program run by the Amherst-based Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources.

Solarize Massachusetts includes solar energy marketing, education and a group-buying program designed to increase adoption of solar energy while reducing the cost. The program started in 2011 offers residents a five-tier pricing program that increases savings as more people sign up.

The new participants are Adams, Amherst, Andover, Bedford, Chesterfield, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lexington, Needham, Salem, Swampscott, Watertown, Wellfleet, Whately and Williamsburg.

In western Massachusetts, Great Barrington will partner with Egremont, and Williamsburg, Whately and Chesterfield will work as a group.

In the greater Boston area, Salem and Swampscott will be partners, and Lexington will partner with Bedford.

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