Solar campaign comes to Greenwich

The sun is shining for Solarize Connecticut, an innovative residential solar campaign designed to dramatically increase solar installations across the state, which recently expanded its program to 11 new communities, including Greenwich.

Solarize Connecticut is a partnership between the state’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), SmartPower and The John Merck Fund. The program combines discount pricing based on group purchases, along with a competitively selected solar installer, and town outreach, to make going solar easier and more affordable for residents.

As more homeowners sign up to install solar, the price for everyone goes down, including those who install systems earlier in the program. Solarize customers can expect to receive between 15 to 20% discounts on the base cost of solar systems through the program.

State and federal incentives further help to lower the cost to homeowners. Options to purchase, finance or lease make solar more accessible to homeowners participating in the program. Previous Solarize campaigns have helped hundreds of Connecticut homeowners install more than three megawatts of residential solar delivering cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy.

“CEFIA is extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve through the Solarize program,” said Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of CEFIA. “We continue to see our financing tools and the Solarize model drive down the cost of solar and make it more affordable and accessible to homeowners throughout Connecticut. We expect to achieve similar success as we begin the next phase of this innovative program in partnership with these 11 new communities and their dedicated volunteers.”

Over the next several weeks, town volunteers from these communities will be working with CEFIA, and SmartPower — the community’s pre-selected solar installer — to plan outreach events and workshops, providing homeowners an opportunity to meet their installer, learn about new financing options and determine if their home is right for solar. Residents can learn more about Solarize and their chosen installer by visiting solarizect.com and clicking on their community’s link.

“We applaud CEFIA and the state of Connecticut for demonstrating their leadership in advancing solar and for making a commitment to lower energy costs through outreach campaigns such as Solarize Connecticut,” said Brian F. Keane, president of SmartPower. “The success of this program is a reflection of that commitment and we are proud to partner with the state in this exciting effort.”

All Solarize Connecticut campaigns have specific end dates by which homeowners must sign contracts with solar installers in order to qualify for discounts. Homeowners in participating communities are urged to find their town’s Solarize deadline at solarizect.com.

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