Mary serves on the Board of Directors of the Malone Chamber of Commerce. When she went to a Renewable Energy Conference that was sponsored by the COC, she learned about not just the environmental, but also the financial benefit of solar. She and other members of the COC decided to start the movement to bring renewable energy to Malone and help the homeowners save money through solar. After they put it out to bid, Mary was approached by Apex through a mutual friend and started her own solar journey from there.
Because the roof of her house was too shaded, Mary decided to go with a ground mount instead. When it comes to incentives, Mary says “I got a big chunk back right off the top from NYSERDA, and then another sizable amount from my federal income taxes.” Although Mary didn’t get as much
Mary remarks that even though it was difficult for the installers to trench through all the gravels for the system, it took them less than a day to finish the installation. “The installers were very polite, respectful and courteous,” Mary adds.
“My partner is a passionate environmentalist, so I don’t get away with much.” Mary laughs. Then in a more serious tone, she continues: “We are environmentally responsible – we recycle everything; we don’t use pesticides… the chickens take care of the Japanese beetles in the garden, and we give the eggs away to people in need… and because we live on the Salmon River, we protect our environment tremendously.” Mary concludes a sense of commitment and dedication:“We’ll do anything we can to make our world a better place.”