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Pat Woomer, Chester's Energy Team Chair - CT Solar Challenge
Pat Woomer, Chester’s Energy Team Chair was chosen as The Day’s Person of the Week. Woomer is being recognized for his continued commitment to educating and promoting the benefits of renewable energy. Check out the article on Pat: Pat Woomer: Person of the Week

CT Solar Challenge BBQ

Chester CT Solar Challenge BBQ

Chester CT Solar Challenge BBQ

Chester CT Solar Challenge BBQ
Chester residents talking solar at the CT Solar Challenge Barbeque

Chris Lenda of Aegis Solar Energy shows students at Chester Elementary a solar panel during Arbor Day celebrations.  Chester Energy Team members Roger Koontz, Pat Woomer and Rick Holloway look on.
Chris Lenda of Aegis Solar Energy shows students at Chester Elementary a solar panel during Arbor Day celebrations. Chester Energy Team members Roger Koontz, Pat Woomer and Rick Holloway look on.

Pat Woomer, Chester's Energy Team Chair - CT Solar Challenge Pat, Sydney (and Maggie) Woomer in front of their new solar photovoltaic system – the first installed under the CT Solar Challenge Program in Chester. Their existing solar water heating system is on the left.

Chester CT Solar Challenge Workshop

Chester residents and business owners filled the Meeting House to capacity on February 28th for the kick off of the CT Solar Challenge in Chester.
Chester CT Solar Challenge Workshop Thirty enthusiastic Chester residents participated in a lively discussion on the merits of solar energy at the Chester Town Hall last night as part of the second Solar Workshop to be held in Chester.

The group saw photos of the first solar energy system installed in Chester as part of the CT Solar Challenge Program. The system belongs to Pat Woomer, Chair of the Chester Energy Team, who is passionate about his new photovoltaic system and a solar water heating system he had installed several years ago.

VP & Branch Mgr. Stephen Rednak from Citizens Bank provided information about financing for solar projects. He can be reached at Citizens Bank , 141 Main St., Deep River 860-526-6058.

John Canning from Energy Resource Technologies (ERG) was on hand to provide information on Home Energy Solutions (HES) Assessments – a service that provides up to $700 worth of energy-saving improvements for a charge of only $75 or $99. Call ERG to schedule your HES Assessment at 203- 484-9931.

Wheatmarket of Chester provided the refreshments.

Chester CT Meeting House - CT Solar Challenge Workshop
Chester Solar Workshop

Thanks to the members of the Chester Energy Team and all the Solar Coaches.

Joan and Dennis Welch of The Wheatmarket, provided a beautiful array of refreshments. (4 Water St, Chester 860-526-9347)

VP & Branch Mgr. Stephen Rednak from Citizens Bank provided information about financing for solar projects. He can be reached at Citizens Bank , 141 Main St., Deep River 860-526-6058.

John Canning from Energy Resource Technologies (ERG) was on hand to provide information on Home Energy Solutions (HES) Assessments – a service that provides up to $700 worth of energy-saving improvements for a charge of only $75 or $99. Call ERG to schedule your HES Assessment at 203- 484-9931.

Chester CT Solar Challenge Workshop Sponsors Citizens Bank & The Wheatmarket

CT Solar Challenge House at Chester Library Solar House arrives at Chester Library

Chester Joins the CT Solar Challenge™

Chester, CT Joins CT Solar ChallengeChester, CT – First Selectman Ed Meehan announced today that the Town of Chester has joined the CT Solar Challenge™, a community-based group purchasing program that promotes the adoption of solar energy through cost reductions and volunteer-driven outreach and education. Chester is one of only four towns selected to participate in the program. The CT Solar Challenge™ program in Chester will run for a limited time, beginning February 28, 2013.

CT Solar Challenge™ presents a new purchasing model. Traditional marketing and advertising costs are virtually eliminated by the outreach, networking and education efforts of volunteers. Group purchasing savings are achieved by installing multiple solar systems in the same geographic area through a preselected single source vendor. These savings are passed on to participants who save thousands of dollars on the cost of installing a solar energy system.

Solar energy systems are more affordable than at any point in history. Solar panel prices are at a record low, driven down by heavily subsidized Chinese panels flooding the US market. Participants receive a 35% upfront rebate from the State of CT and a 30% Federal tax credit. Solar systems are also sales tax and property tax exempt, but the window of opportunity is closing.

Connecticut plans to completely eliminate upfront solar rebates in coming months. Residential rebates have been reduced twice in the past nine months. And, the downward trend in panel prices has ended abruptly due to new US Trade Commission tariffs imposed on Chinese panel imports.

Each system installed through the program, will earn the Town of Chester credit towards the installation of a solar system on a town property.

Chris Lenda, President and CEO of Aegis Solar Energy, said that Aegis is excited to be working with Chester and the CT Solar Challenge. The CT Solar Challenge program completely changes the way solar energy systems are currently sold and installed. Lenda said, “I can see the program spreading quickly to other communities as town leaders see the incredible benefits to residents.”

Chester residents and business owners are invited to the kick off of the Chester CT Solar Challenge™ at the first Solar Workshop to be held on February 28th, from 7-9 pm at the Chester Meeting House, and may register by visiting CTSolarChallenge.com, clicking “Chester” and filling out the form.

Chester, CT Joins CT Solar Challenge
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