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Madison CT Solar Community Challenge Madison residents attend a Solar Roundtable Discussion at the Town Campus

Madison CT Solar Community Challenge Ryerson Elementary School in Madison displays Solar House at Science Fair.

Madison CT Solar Community Challenge Nearly 300 residents attend Madison’s first Solar Workshop

A record number of Madison residents and business owners filled the cafeteria at Daniel Hand High School on April 3rd for the first Madison CT Solar Challenge Workshop.

People's United Bank Sponsors Madison CT Solar Community Challenge WorkshopSpecial thanks go to the Madison Solar Coaches and volunteers who worked so hard to make the evening such a success!

First Selectman Fillmore McPherson greeted the crowd and said “The program is a win-win for all of us.”
Representatives from New England Conservation Services (NECS) and Energy Resource Group Technologies (ERG) were 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. To schedule your HES appointment, call NECS at 877-389-7077 or ERG at 888-811-3748.

VP Bob Donahue from People’s United Bank Madison Stop & Shop Branch offered information about financing for solar projects. He can be reached at 203-245-1034 or RRDONAH@PEOPLES.COM .
Refreshments were provided by Robert’s Food Center of North Madison.

Town of Madison Letter to Property Owners

March 2013

Dear Madison Property Owners,
The Town of Madison is promoting the CT Solar Challenge. This program makes installing a solar system simple and affordable for Madison residents. CT Solar Challenge is a volunteer-driven group-purchasing program. Madison is one of only four towns selected to participate in the CT Solar Challenge. The program will only run for a limited time, beginning April 3rd.

As an added benefit, the Town of Madison will earn credit for each system installed towards the installation of a free solar energy system on a town property. Click to read full letter.

Madison Joins the CT Solar Challenge™

Madison CT Solar Community ChallengeFirst Selectman Fillmore McPherson announced today that the Town of Madison has joined the CT Solar Challenge™, a community-based group purchasing program that promotes the adoption of solar energy through cost reductions, volunteer-driven outreach and education. Madison is one of only four towns selected to participate in the pilot program. The CT Solar Challenge™ program in Madison will run for a limited time, beginning on April 3, 2013.

CT Solar Challenge™ is a game changer for the way solar systems are currently sold in CT- making solar simple and affordable for participants. The CTSC model virtually eliminates traditional marketing and advertising costs through the outreach and networking efforts of volunteers. Group savings are achieved by installing multiple solar systems in the same geographic area through a pre-selected 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 now 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 U.S. Trade Commission tariffs imposed on Chinese panel imports.

Each system installed through the program earns the Town of Madison credit towards the installation of a solar system on a town property.

“Going solar is a win – win – win!” says McPherson. “A win for the individual, a win for Madison, and a win for the planet. I urge everyone to come to the free workshop at Daniel Hand High School on April 3 and learn all about the potential of solar energy.”

Madison residents and business owners are invited to the kick off of the Madison CT Solar Challenge™ at the first Solar Workshop to be held on April 3rd, from 7-9 pm at Daniel Hand High School, and may register by visiting www.CTSolarChallenge.com, clicking the MADISON button and filling out the form.

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