Local solar program one of state's most successful

Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull, a town and state sponsored initiative designed to increase residential solar, reached the end of its 20-week run on Feb. 9.

The program helped 67 homeowners adopt residential solar, contracting for over 500 kW of power. As a result of the program, the numbers of residential solar installations in each of the three towns will more than double. In Trumbull alone, 43 homeowners adopted solar and contracted for 323 kW of installations this year. The installations resulting from the program will be completed by June.

The Easton-Redding-Trumbull collaboration was one of the most successful Solarize Program efforts in the State of Connecticut during this time period, outperforming simultaneous programs in Greenwich, Manchester, and Newtown.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), The John Merck Fund, and SmartPower partnered with the towns to implement Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull. SmartPower is the nation’s leading non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Solarize combines community outreach, the power of group purchasing, a federal tax credit and a rebate from CEFIA to encourage residential solar installations.

First Selectman Timothy Herbst signed a contract with Sunlight Solar for an installation at his home.

“I was happy to learn that solar would make financial sense for me,” he said. From an environmental, economic development and financial standpoint, solar was the right thing to do.”

Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc., Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull’s chosen installer, offered discounted pricing in return for promotional support from the towns. While Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull is formally closed, Sunlight Solar will continue to offer the Solarize Program discounted price until March 31. Trumbull homeowners can contact Sunlight Solar at 203-878-9123.