Old Lyme selected for Solarize CT program

Old Lyme — The town will participate in Solarize CT, a program that raises awareness about solar energy and opportunities for residents to install solar panels at an affordable price, the town announced Wednesday in a news release.

The Connecticut Green Bank, formerly known as the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, administers the program through a partnership with SmartPower.

The program relies on an on-the-ground outreach campaign to help educate consumers and create awareness about solar opportunities. In addition to the outreach campaign, Solarize Old Lyme also will incorporate an online “solar marketplace.” The website, www.solarizect.com/OldLyme, will act as a tool for residents to request site visits and receive competitive price quotes from local pre-screened solar installers.

The Solarize Old Lyme program will kick off with a workshop at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Town Hall, where residents can learn about the program and the new online solar marketplace. Residents also will have a chance to learn about flexible financing options, including a no-money-down option.

“I’m very excited that Old Lyme will be participating in such a worthwhile program as Solarize Connecticut,” said First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder in a statement. “It’s a great opportunity for all our residents, but especially those who have always wanted to ‘go solar.’ The online portal allows easy access to information and estimates for individual homes. Old Lyme has a proud tradition of taking advantage of environmentally friendly programs and I look forward to a great partnership with Solarize CT.”

Old Lyme will join 14 other communities in the fifth phase of Solarize Connecticut, with a goal to more than double the amount of solar currently in Old Lyme over the 18-week program. More than 40 communities already have participated in Solarize campaigns, resulting in more than 2,000 homeowners signing contracts for solar energy.

Jean Dailey is leading a group of volunteers in Old Lyme’s Solarize campaign.

To participate in the program, residents must sign a contract by April 10, 2015. More information is available at www.solarizect.com/OldLyme.



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