January 23, 2013

Solarize CT doubles solar adoption in pilot towns

The pilot program Solarize Connecticut has doubled the adoption of residential solar installations to 2.3 megawatts in its four participant communities in the first five months of the initiative.

The initiative seeks to encourage residential solar purchases by having entire towns sign onto the program, lowering the costs of the installations through their collective buying power.

Residents in the four pilot towns – Durham, Fairfield, Portland, and Westport – signed nearly 300 contracts totaling 2.3 megawatts. Those signups in the first five months are double the total in the past seven years in those four communities.

Because of the large number of signups, the state Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority will start the second phase of the pilot program in March with Bridgeport, Canton, Coventry, Mansfield, and Windham.

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