North Branford Joins ‘CT Solar Challenge’

Article published Apr 7, 2014
Posted By: Pam Johnson
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Just in time for Earth Day, CT Solar Challenge and the town are starting a partnership that
could help residents and businesses receive lower installation prices for money-saving solar systems.

On April 22, the CT Solar Challenge Installation program will launch in North Branford, now the fifth town in the state signed on. CT Solar Challenge invites residents to a free workshop at North Branford Intermediate School (NBIS) cafeteria on April 22, 7 p.m. – 9.m. to discuss the volunteer-driven, group-purchasing solar installation program.
CT Solar Challenge partners with municipalities to offer residents and businesses lower prices on installation of solar arrays. The program reduces costs by employing volunteers for outreach, networking and education and using a single vendor who buys in bulk. It offers solar electric, hot water and pool heating systems, according to a CT Solar Challenge press release.

“The community really comes together when you promote clean energy,” CT Solar Challenge
Assistant Director Maggie Treichel told the Town Council at its March 4 meeting, when Council voted to endorse the town’s participation.

Treichel said CT Solar Challenge’s proven program provides easy and lower cost solar
installation thanks to volunteer outreach and bulk purchasing.

“Going solar makes not just environmental, but also economic sense. A solar array lasts
decades and slashes power bills over time,” she said. The town’s commitment has a nine-month life span beginning April 22; and everyone who signs up for one of many types solar energy installations will also earn the town points toward a free solar array. Other communities that have successfully partnered with CT Solar Challenge are Bethany, Madison, Clinton and Chester.

“To go green and rely on other sources of energy is a very important and responsible way to
go,” said Mayor Anthony Candelora. “Ultimately, CT Solar Challenge could drive down the cost of your energy. People do want alternatives, lowering costs and helping the environment.”

Aegis Solar Energy of Branford, in business for 25 years, will work with those signing up for
installations. Chris Lenda, Aegis’ President and CEO, also spoke with the council March 4.
Answering a council member’s question about the quality of the products Aegis uses and its’
installations, Lenda said, “…one of the things we do, as an installer, is we vet all the equipment that we install. And, we back the entire system with a 20-year warrantee.”