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North Haven Solar Workshop October 5th

october-5The Town of North Haven is invited to take part in CT Solar Challenge (CTSC). This program makes installing a solar system simple and affordable for North Haven residents. CT Solar Challenge reduces traditional costs and enables homeowners and business owners to receive group discounts on solar panels through tiered pricing and community involvement. North Haven is one of many towns selected to participate in the CT Solar Challenge and the program will only run for a limited time beginning September 2016.

North Haven residents are invited to join us at the North Haven Solar Challenge Kick-off Workshop on October 5th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Energize CT Center, located next to Panera Bread, 122 Universal Drive.

Topics to be covered:
o Why solar is the most stable and profitable investment that a homeowner can make. “Business Week”
o Generate your own electricity for the next 30+ years
o What the CT Solar Challenge is and how it works
o How to get the maximum rebates to go solar
o No upfront cost options

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this important program. Register to attend by visiting click on “Pop Up Solar” and enter your contact information.

Rebate programs are a partnership of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the CT Green Bank, and your local electric and gas utility company.

For more information, please visit or email

Solar energy enthusiasts will hold an open house Thursday, October 6 to showcase the solar electric system they have installed at their Guilford home.


The Savrann Solar Open House will be held from 5:30 to 7:30pm at 61 Talcott Road. The couple is doing the event to show off the benefits and practicality of solar and encourage others to invest in arrays.

The Savrann’s are holding the open house in cooperation with Connecticut Solar Challenge™ (CTSC), a community educational program, along with Aegis Solar Energy, the company that installed the solar array. The Savrann’s utilized the program to significantly knock down the price of their system.

In addition to Guilford, CT Solar Challenge has partnered with Madison, Bethany, Chester, Clinton, North Branford, Old Saybrook and many more. The program is available statewide.

CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel praised the Savrann’s for holding the open house and hoped for a good turnout.

“The Savrann’s are solar energy role models,” Treichel said. “They took the plunge and quickly discovered solar makes sense and saves money over time. I hope that residents and business owners will take advantage of this opportunity to see solar and its benefits first hand.”

For more information on CT Solar Challenge and the open house, contact Treichel at 203-451-3449 or CT Solar Challenge’s website is:

Public Invited to Solar Energy Open House at Roses for Autism Nursery June 11


Homeowners and businesses interested in solar energy are invited to a solar open house June 11 at Roses for Autism in Guilford. The event is co-sponsored by CT Solar Challenge and Guilford Energy Challenge.

The solar open house will be 1 to 3 p.m. at 929 Boston Post Road, Guilford. Roses for Autism Head Grower Tom Pinchbeck and Aegis Solar Energy, the chosen solar contractor for the Guilford Energy Challenge, will be on hand to show visitors the array and answer questions regarding solar. Refreshments will be served.

“This solar open house offers families an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with friends and neighbors reaping the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency each and every day,” CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel said. “It’s a great way to get an up-close-and-personal perspective on how easy it can be to live the green life.”

CT Solar Challenge is a grassroots community-based program that partners with towns to promote solar energy through installation cost reduction, community outreach and education. Guilford Energy Challenge is affiliated with the program,.

In addition to the open house, Roses for Autism Director, Michelle Ouimette will give tours of the nursery and show off its inner workings. To sign up for the solar open house or the nursery tour, contact Treichel at or simply go to and register.

As an added attraction, New England Smart Energy Group (NESEG) will be on hand to discuss home energy efficiency options. NESEG will swap two old incandescent light bulbs for two new energy efficient LED bulbs at no cost while supplies last.

 Ouimette and Pinchbeck said they are eager to show off the solar array and want to encourage others to go solar. The array is designed to meet all the electricity needs of Pinchbeck’s home, which is on the property that Roses for Autism uses.

“We love our solar array and want to spread the word about renewable energy,” Pinchbeck said.  “After seeing and hearing about our system, we hope that others will take the solar plunge. Generous federal and state subsidies made installation extremely affordable. Once installed, the sun is free.”

The 7,000-watt solar array consists of 28 panels on the roof of a 150-year old barn near Pinchbeck’s home. The power is routed to the house via an underground conduit.

Roses for Autism (RFA) is a non-profit organization housed at the Pinchbeck Farm. Roses grown there are sold to benefit those with autism. The organization provides job training and employment opportunities for adults living with autism. CT Solar Challenge’s other partners include the shoreline communities of Madison, Guilford, Westbrook, Old Saybrook and Clinton along with seven other Connecticut towns.

Woodbridge Solar Challenge Last Chance Workshop

2014-10-03 09.07.32 Woodbridge is hosting one last Solar Workshop on November 4th, 6pm, at the Woodbridge Library. There will be fall themed refreshments and you may be a lucky winner of one of the many door prizes to be given away. Please register online at to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

The Town of Woodbridge’s participation in the CT Solar Challenge has been so successful that the Town may earn the largest free solar array awarded to date through the program.

Last fall the Town began the Woodbridge Energy Challenge to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and more reliant on clean energy. As part of this challenge the Town signed on to the CT Solar Challenge which offers discounted pricing on solar installations to Woodbridge residents.

In addition to the discount for residents, the Town will earn a free solar array at the end of the program. The size of the free solar array will depend on how many kilowatts of solar are installed in Woodbridge through the Town’s chosen vendor for this program, Aegis Solar.

Already the Town has earned a free 5kW array. As of early September there were 25 contracts signed in Woodbridge for a total of 220 kilowatts of new solar installations. Another 60 residents have received proposals from Aegis. If the Town reaches 250 kW, the Town will earn a free 7kW solar array for municipal use. This will be the largest free solar array awarded through the CT Solar Challenge since its inception in 2013.

“I am very excited at the reception the CT Solar Challenge has had in Woodbridge,” said CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel. “The success of this program is contributed to the environmental conscience community Woodbridge has proven to be. The Challenge has achieved significant results, more than doubling the amount of solar in Woodbridge in 24 weeks compared to installations over the previous seven years.”

“I am so glad that Woodbridge residents are taking advantage of this program to educate themselves about solar and to go green,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.  “I created the Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force with the goal of bringing a solar program to Woodbridge and they’ve done a great job in overseeing and implementing the Woodbridge Solar Challenge.”

Westbrook Hosts a Solar Workshop

Westbrook Joins CT Solar Challenge

Westbrook Hosts a Solar Workshop

There have been enough new residential solar installations in Westbrook to reward the Town with a solar array for one of the municipal buildings through the CT Solar Challenge program.  Representatives of Aegis Solar Energy, Westbrook’s chosen installer for the program, are convinced there’s enough momentum that that the town can double the rewarded array.

When Westbrook’s participation in CT Solar Challenge began last fall, there were about 20 residential solar power installations in town, and 12 new contracts have been signed. The idea is to double that number; the program runs through September, but there will only be one more full workshop provided this spring. The Town has contracted with Aegis for installation costs among the lowest of shoreline towns, and Aegis is a local installer with decades of experience.

According to Aegis, 130 people registered online at to receive more information about the program. “Not everyone is a good fit for solar, but whoever is interested will receive a free site assessment.” Lenda said.  Lease or installment purchase costs for a system to replace Eversource as the supplier (formerly CL&P) are designed to be less than a resident’s monthly electric bill, especially with the recent rate hike.

Aegis Solar is planning one more presentation in town this spring on solar power covering financial aspects involved, aesthetics and how the technology works on Tuesday, June 2nd in the Community Room of the Westbrook Library from 7 to 9 PM. An update and info on the program will also be provided at the Council of Beaches meeting in the Town Hall at 7 PM on Monday, (May 4 or June 1). Residents can request a free site visit or get more information at



Old Saybrook Hosts Solar Workshop

Old Saybrook PR 012In November 2014 Old Saybrook began to review the sustainability plan for the town.  It has been nearly 6 months since the kickoff of the town sponsored CT Solar Challenge campaign. Our main goal was to educate residents and give them the information they needed to make a decision on whether or not solar makes sense for them.

During the six months over 161 homes were evaluated for solar by Aegis Solar Energy, the installer chosen for the program by the town. As a result the town has earned a solar array for one of the municipal buildings.

While incentives on both state and federal levels are still available, but have an uncertain future, CT Solar Challenge is offering another solar workshop June 4th, 6-7:30pm at the Acton Library. Please register to attend this event at Saybrook or you can email

Woodbridge- Last Chance Solar Workshop

2014-10-03 09.07.32The Woodbridge Energy Challenge invites you to a “last chance” solar workshop at the Woodbridge Town Library on June 9. To attend, please register at

The CT Solar Challenge is offering discounted pricing on solar installations to Woodbridge residents through July 31. At this workshop residents will have a chance to ask questions and learn what makes a good solar site and learn about financing options.

“The Woodbridge Energy Challenge is about giving Woodbridge residents the tools to go solar and save energy,”said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “I urge you to look into these options to see how you can help Woodbridge be a greener and more energy efficient town.”

CT Solar Challenge helps communities by leveraging group purchasing power to lower the cost of residential solar installations. Additionally, Woodbridge will earn a free solar energy system to be installed on a Town property. The size of the solar energy system will be determined by the number of residents that participate in the CT Solar Challenge.

To date 12 Woodbridge residents have signed contracts with Aegis Solar, the Town’s chosen vendor, for a total of 103.54 kW of solar power. In addition to all the clean energy that will be generated on these residents’homes, the Town will receive a free 2kW solar array.


Energy Challenge Joins the Madison Farmer’s Market

Madison Farmers marketMadison, CT – Farmers markets are becoming more popular than ever and in some areas, the draw is about much more than just the fresh produce. Madison will have a new array of options as the Farmers Market is opening its door to the Madison Energy Challenge on May 29th.

Organizers say locally grown, fresh foods are increasing in demand and energy conservation seems to tie into that message perfectly. While the focus is still on fresh produce, much more will be available. “The focus is on food, but we will be able to inform residents on state and federal incentives for energy conservation efforts. If you missed your opportunity to come out to a workshop, now is the time to hear what all the talk is about.” said Woodie Weiss of the Madison Energy & Efficiency Committee.

To gain even more interest, one organizer says they are going to incorporate activities to get the kids involved to become informed about solar power. “We really think that it’s almost as important for kids to know about the different types of energy options that are available as where their food comes from and eating healthy, nutritious foods,” says MaggieTreichel of the CT Solar Challenge. Some of those activities will be a solar bead bracelet and launching a solar balloon.

The Madison Farmers Market at the Town Green is happening Friday, May 29th from 3 to 6pm.

Derby Hosts Solar Workshop April 28th

CT Solar Challenge, a community-based initiative that lowers the cost of solar installation for homes and businesses, will hold a workshop on April 28 in Derby.

The event will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the town library at 313 Elizabeth St. CT Solar Challenge is offering its program in partnership with Derby.

“This is a great opportunity to learn about the many benefits of solar,” CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel said. “Generous state and local subsidies make solar a better deal than ever. I urge residents to attend the April 28 workshop to find out how solar can save them money.”

Representatives of CT Solar Challenge and Ross Solar Group of Danbury, the program’s selected provider for Derby, will be on hand to meet with residents and determine if their homes and businesses are suitable for solar. They will provide information on equipment, installation, pricing, subsidies and other issues.

The CT Solar Challenge is offered for a limited time. The Derby program is about half over, Treichel said.

“There is still plenty of time to sign up for solar through CT Solar Challenge,” she said. “As spring arrives, I hope that Derby residents will review their energy needs and find out if solar is an option for them. Our April 28 workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn about benefits of solar.”

Derby is one of 11 towns — the first in the Naugatuck Valley — to participate in CT Solar Challenge. For more information, visit

Chester Energy Team postpones ribbon-cutting Jan. 29

CHESTER >>The Chester Energy Team will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Chester Town Hall at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, for the town hall’s 6-kilowatt photo voltaic solar array has been postponed due to weather. Community members and public officials were invited to attend. CT Solar Challenge and Aegis, along with energy efficiency professionals from the state’s Home Energy Solutions program, will be there to answer questions about residential solar.

The town hall’s photovoltaic solar array, which was installed recently, was awarded to the town for operating the CT Solar Challenge, which resulted in 20 new residential photovoltaic and thermal installations.

With the Energy Team’s help, by 2018 Chester hopes to achieve its commitment to the Clean Energy Pledge signed in 2013.

More information about the Chester Energy Team is available from the First Selectman’s office at 860-526-0018 or online at New date top be scheduled in early February.