Woodbridge: The Solar Challenge is on!

W-solar-workshopNearly 100 people attended the first workshop as part of the Woodbridge Energy Challenge, a program that provides one-stop shopping for residents interested in saving energy.

The Nov. 18 workshop focused on solar energy and also provided residents with information about home energy assessments. The Woodbridge Energy Challenge was recommended by by the Town’s Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force, comprised of chair Lisa Connor, Lor Ferrante Fernandes and Dawn Kopel.

Addressing the crowd, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar explained that she formed the Task Force with the goal of helping residents interested in going solar. “The great attendance at this workshop shows that Woodbridge residents are interested in lowering their energy bills and being good stewards of the environment,” Scalettar said later. “I hope to see many more residents at other Woodbridge Energy Challenge events this winter.”

At the solar workshop, residents learned about the benefits of going solar, what makes a good site for solar, different financing options and available rebates. Following a short presentation, residents asked many questions and had a chance to sign up for a free solar assessment and learn about home energy audits.

The Town of Woodbridge is partnering with CT Solar Challenge, a community-based program that promotes the adoption of solar energy through cost reduction, community outreach, and education. Residents are free to use any solar company they choose, but the Town has negotiated discounted pricing with a selected vendor, Aegis Solar. Aegis ran a similar program in Bethany a few years ago.

In conjunction with the CT Solar Challenge, the program is designed to help residents make their homes as energy efficient as possible through energy assessments. Residents who have not yet given their homes an energy checkup are encouraged to obtain a Home Energy Solutions (HES) assessment.

Segments of the Nov. 18 workshop are available on YouTube, www.youtube.com/channel/UCDRBxtG6vnYgzl37Lz-mbAw

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 ctsolarchallenge.com 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.

Woodbridge Joins the Challenge!

2014-10-03 09.07.32The grass roots initiative CT Solar Challenge today announced that it will partner with Woodbridge to bring affordable and easy-to-install solar power to local residents and businesses.

CT Solar Challenge will hold a early bird solar workshop for Woodbridge homeowners and businesses from 6:30 pm to 8pm on November 18th at Woodbridge Library. Registration is required go to CTSolarChallenge.com and click on Woodbridge register at the bottom of the page, space is limited. Woodbridge is the 11th community to partner with CT Solar Challenge, a nonprofit group-buying initiative that works with towns to lower solar installation costs.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Woodbridge to the CT Solar Challenge family,” CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel said. “CT Solar Challenge provides homeowners and businesses with an affordable path to solar. Our community approach cuts costs and passes those savings on to residents. Solar saves money over the long term and has never been cheaper.”

Woodbridge First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar said she looks forward to working with CT Solar Challenge to bring affordable solar to town.

“CT Solar Challenge and Woodbridge want to paint the town green,” Scalettar said. “I’m very pleased to offer residents the opportunity to install solar for less. CT Solar Challenge is a community effort, using local residents to promote and explain solar to their friends, neighbors and family. Engaging the community enables the program to cut costs and pass on those savings to residents. I urge residents to attend CT Solar Challenge’s upcoming workshop.”

CT Solar Challenge provides one-stop shopping. At the workshop, CT Solar Challenge team members will guide residents through the sign up and installation process, explaining solar equipment, tax incentives, installation and financing. Homeowners who have used the initiative will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their experience.

CT Solar Challenge offers all three types of solar, electricity, hot water and pool heating.

CT Solar Challenge’s limited enrollment period and community promotion model drives down solar marketing and advertising costs. As people join the program, these savings are passed on to participants through four tiers of pricing. CT Solar Challenge has had great success in each of the sponsored towns, reaching the lowest Tier 4 pricing with just under 200 kilowatts installed.

CT Solar Challenge also reduces costs by buying in bulk and using a single installer. The installer for Woodbridge will be Aegis Solar Energy.

“I look forward to partnering with CT Solar Challenge and Woodbridge to bring affordable solar to residents and businesses,” Aegis Solar Energy President and CEO Chris Lenda said. “Our company has more than 20 years experience installing solar. We will custom design and install a system that fits your needs.”

The time has never been better to go solar, Treichel said.

“As the price of solar panels has dropped, utility electricity rates have continued to rise, making solar energy affordable for everyone,” she said. “Going solar has never been easier. Homeowners will enjoy a free solar assessment to see if they are a good candidate for solar. Custom design, permitting, construction, connection with the utility and warranty are all included in the program.”

Attendees to the xx workshop are asked to register beforehand. Go to the CT Solar Challenge website at http://ctsolarchallenge.com/, click on Woodbridge and follow the instructions.

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

CT SOLAR CHALLENGE EXPANDS TO EAST HAVEN

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SEVENTH TOWN TO JOIN SOLAR BULK PURCHASE PROGRAM

CT Solar Challenge, a grassroots initiative to bring simple and affordable solar power to Connecticut homeowners announced today that they will partner with East Haven, in September to promote clean energy. The non-profit has already brought affordable solar power to the residents of Bethany, Chester, Clinton, North Branford and Hamden.

CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel said she is looking forward to the program’s arrival in East Haven.

“I’m excited to launch CT Solar Challenge in East Haven,” Treichel said. “The program is designed to raise awareness of the advantages of solar energy, as well as to encourage its adoption. Residents will discover how affordable solar has become thanks to current subsides.”

Aegis Solar Energy, a NABCEP-accredited solar installation company, is again the designated installer. CT Solar Challenge has had great success in each of the sponsored towns, reaching Tier 4 pricing with just under 200 kilowatts installed. With the East Haven Solar Challenge discounts, plus state and federal tax incentives, now is a great time to go solar.

At upcoming information meetings, the East Haven Solar Challenge team will guide homeowners through the process, including solar equipment, tax incentives, installation, and financing. Local solar homeowners will also be on hand to answer questions.

CT Solar Challenge programs bring neighbors together to earn group discounts in a limited enrollment period. The program will launch Sept. 23 with a solar workshop at the Senior Center, 91 Taylor Ave. from 7 to 9pm. Space is limited, so register early online at CTSolarChallenge.com/EastHaven/ There will be a second workshop on September 30th at the same time and place.

CT Solar Challenge’s limited enrollment period and community promotion model drives down solar marketing and advertising costs. As people join the program, these savings are passed on to the participants through four tiers of pricing.

“As the price of solar panels has dropped, utility electricity rates have continued to rise, making solar energy affordable for everyone,” Treichel said. “Going solar has never been easier. Homeowners will enjoy a free solar assessment to see if they are a good candidate for solar. Custom design, permitting, construction, connection with the utility and warranty are all included in the program.”

For more information, go to CTSolarChallenge.com, and watch for announcements of free East Haven Solar Challenge information sessions.

Westbrook Joins CT Solar Challenge

Westbrook Announces Solar Workshops

WESTBROOK, CT – Westbrook’s Board of Selectmen and  Energy  Committee is proud to announce that the Town of Westbrook is launching Westbrook Solar Challenge, a campaign to make solar more affordable and easily accessible for the town’s homeowners and small businesses.  Selectman and Energy Committee Chairperson Chris Ehlert has set a goal to double the amount of residential scale solar power installations in Westbrook through the CT Solar Challenge (CTSC) campaign.

This is exactly the kind of program that will help us expand solar in our community and offer an excellent investment opportunity for our residents.”  Ehlert said. “We can all take part in a greener and more sustainable future by coming out to the educational workshop.

The CT Solar Challenge presentation to the Westbrook committee will be held on Monday August 25, 2014, 7pm at the Westbrook Town Hall/Council of Beaches,  866 Boston Post Rd, Westbrook, CT . No registration is required for this event.

See the Westbrook Community Page for more workshop and presentation dates.

Connecticut Solar Challenge Expands to Hamden

hamdenpostcardFrom the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Scott Jackson announced today that CT Solar Challenge is coming to Hamden, a town initiative that makes solar simple and affordable for residents.

“We’re excited to welcome CT Solar Challenge to town,” Mayor Scott Jackson said. “CT Solar Challenge will help achieve our goal of making Hamden the state’s most energy efficient town. I’m pleased that the program is community driven, using volunteers to offer solar to their neighbors. We urge residents to find out if this
program is right for them.” Continue reading

MADISON SOLAR TOUR

Bob and Melissa BludonMADISON SOLAR ENTHUSIASTS INVITE YOU TO THEIR JUNE 7 OPEN HOUSE , SHOWCASING ELECTRICITY, HOT WATER, POOL HEATING SYSTEMS

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. Continue reading

North Branford Solar Workshop

North Branford Solar Workshop

North Branford Solar Work Shop
By: Maggie Treichel

We had a great turn out on April 22nd when we launched North Branford Solar Challenge. Since Earth Day the program has reported to have 6 completed contracts, amounting to 72 kW. The Town has already earned it’s first kW free solar array for one of the municipal buildings. If more people sign up the cost of solar will drop, giving everyone who already bought solar an even deeper discount. Please tell your neighbors to join the next solar work shop at the Smith Library in the center of Northford from 7-9pm.