Stamford is going Solar. The city has been selected to be part of a special program called Solarize Connecticut, which offers solar energy to residents at a discounted price.
“The best component of it I think is that it has a really strong educational piece, where we want to teach the public, educate the public on the benefits of solar power,” says Kristine D’Elisa, Chair of Sustainable Stamford. “It’s a clean energy, it’s free energy, it comes from the sun, and the discounts that this provides, it’s pretty substantial.”
D’Elisa says the program is offered by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority in partnership with SmartPower. She says the city and CEFIA choose three solar installers to participate.
Residents can choose,” she says. “They can have all three installers come to their house, they can pick whichever installer that they feel they have a rapport with that they get along best with.”
In addition to the financial benefits for those who sign up, D’Elisa says the solar program can also benefit the city.
“For every installation that happens within the City of Stamford, we get points because we’re what CEFIA calls a clean energy community,” says D’Elisa. “We gain enough points, we got a free solar array for the city.”
D’Elisa says this program is the perfect opportunity to make Stamford a more energy efficient city.
“If we can have a hundred Stamford residents install solar panels now, this can gain some momentum where they teach other neighbors, and they spread the word to other neighbors,” she says. “And we rely more on clean energy and free solar energy and we take some of the demand off the grid for the city, so I think it’s better for everybody in the long run.”
The program will launch with a workshop on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of Stamford Government Center.
“This is the perfect opportunity for residents to come, find out what we’re talking about, here from each of the installers, and I think most importantly, you can ask your questions.”
D’Elisa says residents must sign a contract by April 15 to qualify for the discounts on solar installation. Visit www.SolarizeCT.com/Stamford for more information on the program and upcoming workshops.