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.