Solar energy enthusiasts Bob and Melissa Blundon will hold an open house Saturday June 7 to showcase the solar electric, hot water and pool systems they have installed at their Madison home.
The event will be noon to 3 p.m. at 924 Summer Hill Road. The couple is doing the event to show off the benefits and practicality of solar and encourage others to invest in arrays.
“Going solar was the best thing we ever did,” Bob Blundon said. “Not only are we helping the environment, we are also helping ourselves to lower electricity bills. Melissa and I decided to invite the public into our home so they could witness the benefits of solar. We want to encourage as many homeowners and businesses as possible to go solar.”
“At first I was concerned about the way the solar array was going to look,” Melissa Blundon said “Now that it’s up, I have nothing but good feelings whenever I look at it knowing I am helping the environment; Not to mention the good feeling I get from seeing my electric bill. For me, it’s worth it.”
The Blundons’ systems include a ground-based tracker that moves with the sun to maximize electricity production.
The Blundons are holding the open house in cooperation with Connecticut Solar Challenge™. CTSC is a community-based solar energy installation program sponsored by your local municipality. The Blundons utilized the program to significantly knock down the price tag of all three of their systems.
CT Solar Challenge keeps costs down by using local volunteers for marketing and outreach and working with one installer who buys in bulk.
In addition to Madison, CT Solar Challenge has partnered with Bethany, Chester, Clinton, North Branford and most recently Hamden. The program is available statewide.
CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel praised the Blundons for holding the open house and hoped for a good turnout.
“The Blundons 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 info@CTSolarChallenge.org. CT Solar Challenge’s website is: www.CTSolarChallenge.com.