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Woodbridge Solar Challenge Last Chance Workshop

2014-10-03 09.07.32 Woodbridge is hosting one last Solar Workshop on November 4th, 6pm, at the Woodbridge Library. There will be fall themed refreshments and you may be a lucky winner of one of the many door prizes to be given away. Please register online at ctsolarchallenge.com/woodbridge to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

The Town of Woodbridge’s participation in the CT Solar Challenge has been so successful that the Town may earn the largest free solar array awarded to date through the program.

Last fall the Town began the Woodbridge Energy Challenge to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and more reliant on clean energy. As part of this challenge the Town signed on to the CT Solar Challenge which offers discounted pricing on solar installations to Woodbridge residents.

In addition to the discount for residents, the Town will earn a free solar array at the end of the program. The size of the free solar array will depend on how many kilowatts of solar are installed in Woodbridge through the Town’s chosen vendor for this program, Aegis Solar.

Already the Town has earned a free 5kW array. As of early September there were 25 contracts signed in Woodbridge for a total of 220 kilowatts of new solar installations. Another 60 residents have received proposals from Aegis. If the Town reaches 250 kW, the Town will earn a free 7kW solar array for municipal use. This will be the largest free solar array awarded through the CT Solar Challenge since its inception in 2013.

“I am very excited at the reception the CT Solar Challenge has had in Woodbridge,” said CT Solar Challenge Director Maggie Treichel. “The success of this program is contributed to the environmental conscience community Woodbridge has proven to be. The Challenge has achieved significant results, more than doubling the amount of solar in Woodbridge in 24 weeks compared to installations over the previous seven years.”

“I am so glad that Woodbridge residents are taking advantage of this program to educate themselves about solar and to go green,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.  “I created the Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force with the goal of bringing a solar program to Woodbridge and they’ve done a great job in overseeing and implementing the Woodbridge Solar Challenge.”

Westbrook Hosts a Solar Workshop

Westbrook Joins CT Solar Challenge

Westbrook Hosts a Solar Workshop

There have been enough new residential solar installations in Westbrook to reward the Town with a solar array for one of the municipal buildings through the CT Solar Challenge program.  Representatives of Aegis Solar Energy, Westbrook’s chosen installer for the program, are convinced there’s enough momentum that that the town can double the rewarded array.

When Westbrook’s participation in CT Solar Challenge began last fall, there were about 20 residential solar power installations in town, and 12 new contracts have been signed. The idea is to double that number; the program runs through September, but there will only be one more full workshop provided this spring. The Town has contracted with Aegis for installation costs among the lowest of shoreline towns, and Aegis is a local installer with decades of experience.

According to Aegis, 130 people registered online at CTSolarChallenge.com to receive more information about the program. “Not everyone is a good fit for solar, but whoever is interested will receive a free site assessment.” Lenda said.  Lease or installment purchase costs for a system to replace Eversource as the supplier (formerly CL&P) are designed to be less than a resident’s monthly electric bill, especially with the recent rate hike.

Aegis Solar is planning one more presentation in town this spring on solar power covering financial aspects involved, aesthetics and how the technology works on Tuesday, June 2nd in the Community Room of the Westbrook Library from 7 to 9 PM. An update and info on the program will also be provided at the Council of Beaches meeting in the Town Hall at 7 PM on Monday, (May 4 or June 1). Residents can request a free site visit or get more information at CTSolarChallenge.com/Westbrook.