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Derby takes the Solar Challenge

2014-08-14 12.12.47Derby is hoping its partnership with the CT Solar Challenge will help bring affordable solar power to the city starting next month. The CT Solar Challenge, a community-based program that promotes solar power use in the state, will hold an educational workshop for residents Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Derby High School.

Mayor Anita Dugatto, who already had her home evaluated for a possible solar installation, encouraged residents to attend the workshop to learn about things like cost, financing and tax incentives for solar installations.

“CT Solar Challenge gives Derby residents the opportunity to install solar for less,” she said. “Going green is good not just for the environment but also for the pocketbook.”

Challenge director Maggie Treichel said state and federal subsidies make solar power more affordable than ever.

“Solar saves money and reduces carbon pollution that contributes to global warming,” she said. “I hope that Derby residents will take advantage of CT Solar Challenge to go green.”

Derby is the 10th town to partner with CT Solar Challenge and the first in the Naugatuck Valley. Homeowners can get a free assessment to see if they are good candidates for solar. Custom design, permitting, construction, connection with the utility, and warranty are all included in the program, Treichel said.

“Going solar has never been easier,” she said.

Those planning to attend the workshop should register in advance at and follow the links to the Derby page.

Other towns that have partnered with CT Solar Challenge are Bethany, Chester, Clinton, East Haven, Hamden, Madison, North Branford, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Woodbridge.