Interest in town solar program drives down cost

Greenwich residents may have noticed a blue and yellow Solarize banner at a number of recent community events as the town’s new solar program has gotten off to a strong start.

Officially launched on Oct. 2, Solarize Greenwich has already generated more than 100 inquiries from residents interested in a free home assessment to see whether their home is a good fit for solar. Of these, four have already signed contracts, which is enough to move the program into the Tier 2 discount level.

Conservation Director Denise Savageau, who is coordinating the program with the CT Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) said, “We are happy to see the program generating a high level of interest among homeowners and hope to significantly increase the number of solar installations in town. The fact that we have reached Tier 2 after only three weeks is evidence that our residents see real opportunity in solar.”

The program is sponsored by both the state of Connecticut and the town of Greenwich.

According to First Selectman Peter Tesei, “Solarize Greenwich is a wonderful opportunity for Greenwich homeowners to convert to solar power, saving money and improving our environment. These efforts will continue to keep Greenwich great for future generations in an ever-changing world.”

The Solarize program reduces the cost of solar by leveraging group discounts. CEFIA, using a competitive RFP process and working with the town, pre-selected an installer, Renewable Resources Energy Solutions, Inc. of Stamford for the Solarize Greenwich program. As the number of homeowners who install solar increases, the price drops for everyone in the program, encouraging buyers to tell their neighbors about the program.

In order to participate in the discounts offered through Solarize Greenwich, residents must sign a contract by Feb. 18, 2014. A series of workshops on the program, including financing and types of solar panels offered, are planned throughout the program.

The next workshop will be held on Nov. 6 at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Greenwich are urged to attend workshop or to visit Solarizect.com/Greenwich, contact Renewable Resources directly at 203-204-6891 or visit Rr-solar.com/solarize-greenwich.

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