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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.

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