CSCU partners with GE and Connecticut Green Bank to Unveil Solar Energy Systems at Manchester CC

(October 18, 2018)  Today, CSCU unveiled the first two of their new solar energy systems during a ribbon – cutting event at Manchester Community College attended by Governor Malloy, representatives from GE, CT Green Bank and CSCU President Mark Ojakian. The solar energy initiative was funded entirely with private capital and will cover 8.5% of all CSCU annual electricity usage with an estimated $15M in savings. For context, 1 year of electricity for all participating CSCU campuses is the equivalent of powering 1,202 homes for the same amount of time.

Construction began last fall shortly after CSCU announced the public-private partnership. The solar energy systems at Manchester CC will provide 45% of the college’s total electricity use saving an estimated $220,000 per year. Manchester CC is the first and largest solar energy site in the CSCU system, others include Asnuntuck CC, Central CT State University, Housatonic CC, Middlesex CC, Quinebaug Valley CC, Southern CT State University, Tunxis CC, Western CT State University.

 “This is a great example of a successful public-private partnership that is not only cost effective but makes the CSCU system more sustainable for the future,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. The more we can collaborate towards a common goal the more we can focus on our core mission which is to educate Connecticut students.” 

“It was an honor to partner with CSCU and Manchester Community College to make this project a success,” said Erik Schiemann, CEO, GE Solar. “It’s a great example for how solar can provide savings for the State while supporting sustainability goals and helping stabilize the campus’ power supply. We are excited about the opportunity GE Solar has to help institutions like CSCU transition to locally sourced clean energy.”

“The Connecticut Green Bank is excited to join Manchester Community College, Connecticut State College and Universities, and our private capital partners to unveil this green energy system,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank.  “This installation will reduce the burden of energy costs on our colleges and universities to ensure that our state’s limited resources are being put to better use educating the future leaders of Connecticut.”

Manchester Community College Student and Student Advisory Committee member, Mehwish Afridi added: “As a full-time student approaching my final semester, knowing that people are hard at work on innovative ways to contain the costs of higher education is important. Projects like this that help the campus reduce its operating budget help students like me to keep our eyes on our educational goals without as much worry about finances.”

 

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Jobs & Solar Savings Coming to Greater Hartford as Solar Company Opens Second Office

City and State Officials and local nonprofits welcomed PosiGen and the nationally-recognized Solar for All initiative to the Capitol Region

Cutting the ribbon are Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and PosiGen CEO Tom Neyhart. Also pictured, from left to right, are Matt Macunas of the Connecticut Green Bank, DEEP Commissioner and Green Bank Board Member Rob Klee, Kerry O’Neill of Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Karraine Moody of Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, and Susan Young of PosiGen.

Hartford, CT  –  On Friday, October 5, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee welcomed PosiGen to Hartford at a ribbon cutting for their new office. In addition to new, well-paying jobs for the Capitol Region, PosiGen brings the Solar for All initiative, a nationally recognized program, financed through a public-private partnership between PosiGen and the Connecticut Green Bank, to area homeowners. The program offers a no money down, no credit requirement solar lease with energy efficiency upgrades to lower the energy burden on participating households.

“We are excited about the partnership between the City of Hartford, the Green Bank, and PosiGen,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We’ve made sustainability and climate stewardship a priority and this Solar for All initiative allows our community to do the right thing for our environment, while also doing the right thing for family finances.”

With 1,700 residential solar and energy efficiency projects installed in three short years, PosiGen’s mission-oriented operation has an opportunity to grow through a second Connecticut office. The program’s success combines an affordable solar program, energy efficiency services, and a community partnership program to better reach those who need it most; 60% of customers are low and moderate-income homeowners, proving solar is not just for the rich.

“PosiGen’s success is a testament that it is possible to do it all: deploy clean energy options that help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, package that with energy efficiency services that improve our housing stock, and ensure these resources are accessible to all Connecticut residents, while creating jobs and shrinking the energy-affordability gap,” said Commissioner Klee.

“Once one of our homeowners signed up and curiosity spread throughout the neighborhood, everyone wanted to know how the program could help lower their utility bills,” explained Karraine Moody, Executive Director for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity and community partner of the program. Solar for All relies on a community outreach model to reach underserved communities. PosiGen has developed a Community Partnership program to reward non-profits for spreading the word about solar. With 19 Habitat homeowners going solar so far, the partnership has been one of the most successful.       

Appropriately housed in the Hartford American Jobs Center, the location of PosiGen’s second office is an indicator of what this company will bring to the region. Since opening their first Connecticut office in Bridgeport in 2015, they have hired over 50 employees with an additional 50 staff employed through PosiGen’s subcontractors.

“PosiGen has long hired within the communities we serve. We’re excited to make Hartford our second home, creating jobs and helping homeowners cut their energy costs,” said Tom Neyhart, President of PosiGen.

PosiGen and their energy efficiency partner, CMC Energy Services, are both hiring. Information can be found at: www.posigen.com/careers.html and www.cmcenergy.com/careers  

 

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Cross Island Provisions Closes on C-PACE Financing for Solar PV

Savings from the solar system are projected to surpass $560,000 over 20 years

Rocky Hill, CT (May 22, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank announces that Cross Island Provisions Inc., located at 49 Plains Road in Essex, has closed on Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing for the installation of an 80.6 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their building. The system will help lower the energy burden on the business, with projected savings over the life of the system expected to surpass $560,000.

The 5,800-sq. ft. facility is used for commercial operations related to the distribution of Boar’s Head delicatessen meats, cheeses and condiments by a group of inter-related companies owned and operated by the Piagentini family.

“Our family business always strives to be the most environmentally friendly company in distribution. With the addition of solar panels to our warehouse we feel we are even closer to reaching this goal,” said Michael Piagentini, owner of Cross Island Provisions. “There are so many positives to this green project, both environmentally and financially. We are excited to share our solar success with other distributors in our industry.”

SolarUS, headquartered in Branford, installed the system, which is projected to reduce CO2e emissions by 61 tons and produce 91,130 kWh of electricity in year one. Commercial Solar Systems of Hamden is the contract holder.

“C-PACE financing is great for businesses like Cross Island Provisions,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Programs at the Green Bank. “This solar project will reduce their carbon footprint and their energy costs. We hope other distributors will follow their example.”

For more information on C-PACE, please visit cpace.com. For more information on Solar US, please visit solarusmfg.com.

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Connecticut Green Bank Receives 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for Connecticut “Solar for All” Program

Partnership with PosiGen increased solar penetration by 188% in low-income communities

Rocky Hill, CT (May 16, 2018) — The Connecticut Green Bank was honored as a recipient of a 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its Connecticut “Solar for All” program, a partnership with PosiGen Solar and Energy Efficiency. This was one of only six programs nationwide to win a 2018 “SLICE” Award for its outstanding accomplishments. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a nonprofit coalition of public agencies working together to advance clean energy, established these biennial awards to highlight model programs and projects that have accelerated the adoption of clean energy technologies and strengthened clean energy markets. The recipients of the awards were chosen by an independent panel of five distinguished judges, each with years of experience in clean energy.

The Connecticut “Solar for All” partnership is a ground-breaking public-private effort between the Green Bank and PosiGen. With Green Bank support, PosiGen offers a low-to-moderate income (LMI) targeted solar lease paired with energy efficiency measures for homeowners, regardless of income or traditional measures of creditworthiness. Since the partnership launched, solar penetration in Connecticut’s low-income communities has increased 188% and over 800 low-income verified households have signed up to go solar with PosiGen.

“Connecticut has the highest energy costs in the country, which places an undue energy burden on families, especially our most vulnerable citizens,” said Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “In 2014, the Green Bank recognized that low to moderate income households were being left behind and were not benefiting from the growing green energy economy. Our ‘Solar for All’ partnership with PosiGen was created to address this issue, and the results speak for themselves. We are proud to be honored by CESA and proud to bring our vision for inclusive prosperity to all Connecticut residents.”

“Our partnership with the Green Bank has enabled us to dramatically lower energy costs and deliver positive financial impact to lower income families in Connecticut,” said Thomas Neyhart, CEO of PosiGen. “Our unique pairing of solar with energy efficiency further improves the health, safety, and comfort of our families, as well as the durability and value of their homes. We are truly honored to work with such an exceptional team at the Green Bank and look forward to continued success in our campaign to deliver Solar for All.”

CESA member organizations from across the U.S. submitted nominations for the 2018 SLICE Awards. Entries were judged based on public benefits and results, cost effectiveness, leadership and innovation, and replicability.

The five judges who reviewed all the nominated programs were: Elizabeth Doris (National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Sara Fisher-Goad (former Executive Director of the Alaska Energy Authority); John Geesman (former Commissioner at the California Energy Commission); Rebecca O’Neil (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory); and Devrashree Saha (Council of State Governments).

According to the judges, “The public-private partnership structure has allowed the CT Green Bank to use limited public dollars to attract sevenfold private investment, maximizing the program’s impact.”

CESA is publishing a case study on the Solar For All program in June. It will be posted on CESA’s website.

Additionally, CESA will host an upcoming webinar presentation on Thursday, August 2 at 1 pm EDT with guest speakers Kerry O’Neill, Vice President of Residential Programs at the Green Bank, and Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development & Government Relations at PosiGen. For more information on this free webinar and to register, click here.

For more information, please visit posigen.com.

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Connecticut Green Bank to Participate in Solar Energy Innovation Network Project

The Green Bank is partnering with the Clean Energy States Alliance on a multi-state initiative to identify locations for distributed energy resources that provide benefits to the grid.

 

Rocky Hill, Connecticut (May 1, 2018) – The Connecticut Green Bank is participating in a multistate initiative that was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

The multistate initiative is being led by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition of public agencies and organizations working together to advance clean energy. The Green Bank will work with CESA and five other state partners to identify locations for distributed energy resources (DER) that provide benefits to the grid. The Green Bank’s work will focus on strategies for achieving customer adoption of DERs in high-value locations and measuring the impact these resources have on the electric distribution system.

The other agencies CESA is partnering with on this initiative are:

  • Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia
  • New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission – Sustainable Energy Division
  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Washington Department of Commerce – State Energy Office
  • Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

The multistate initiative is one of just nine teams selected to join the program, which is known as the Solar Energy Innovation Network.

“We selected teams that are experimenting with promising ideas to use solar power to improve the future of grid security and reliability in their communities,” said Kristen Ardani, who leads the Innovation Network at NREL.

The Green Bank will receive financial, analytical, and facilitation support as it works to anticipate and address new challenges and opportunities stemming from solar energy and other distributed energy technologies. The solutions developed and demonstrated by this multistate initiative will serve as a blueprint for other communities facing similar challenges and opportunities.

Distributed solar and other distributed energy resources are playing an increasingly important role in electricity systems across the United States. “When distributed energy is deployed optimally, it can offer benefits to the customer, to the grid, and to the other ratepayers,” says CESA Executive Director Warren Leon. “Well-sited DER can provide resiliency benefits, reduce grid congestion, and help defer or avoid distribution system upgrade costs.”

“Determining how we can extract the most value from distributed energy resources is critical to the sustained orderly development of the local clean energy industry,” says Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This project will help Connecticut and our partners identify areas where DERs can play a role in grid modernization and develop deployment strategies with utilities to capture these additional benefits.”

NREL is operating the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. NREL pursues fundamental research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to transform the way we use energy.

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Daughters of Mary to save $1.3 million in energy costs

The Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception have added solar arrays at their New Britain property through an investment of $2.8 million. The Daughters will benefit from $1.3 million of energy savings over the next 20 years, and this savings will help them continue to provide tremendous service to domestic abuse victims as well as affordable senior housing and day care services for children and the elderly. Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Green Bank, spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony, and was presented a plaque by Mother Jennifer, superior general of the Daughters of Mary, for the Green Bank’s role in this project. 

Facts about this solar installation:

  • A total of 3,668 solar panels were installed in three fields.
  • The Green Bank, Eversource Energy and Ecosolar worked together to bring this project to completion.
  • Panels were installed with five and seven foot screws, drilled into the ground to withstand winds over 110 MPH.
  • Installation is projected to produce more than 1.4 million kWh’s annually.
  • St. Lucian’s Residence, Prudence Crandall and Monsignor Bojnowski Manor went online in July 2017.
  • Hospital for Special Care Education and Research Center and Marian Heights went online in November 2017.
  • As of early January 2018, more than 275,000 kWh’s have been produced, saving more than $50,000 for the Daughters of Mary.

 

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SunShot Prize Competition Ends with Connecticut Team as One of Final Two

Impressive results earned team an award of distinction, highlight path to continued success

 

Rocky Hill, CT (Nov. 2, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar, a national competition intended to reduce the time it takes to “go solar” across the country, has ended, and the Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge team was among the two final participants. While neither team was eligible for the grand prize, both teams made impressive progress and were given an award of distinction for their efforts.

The SunShot competition began in September 2015 with five competing teams across the country and concluded in March 2017. During the competition, three teams — Northern and Central California SunShot Alliance, Sunrun, and the Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge — reached a major milestone in the competition and were each awarded $100,000 in seed prizes and received the title “SunShot Prize Change Champion.”

The Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge team was comprised of the Connecticut Green Bank, and the state’s investor-owned utilities, Eversource Energy and the United Illuminating Company, as well as solar installers representing nearly 60% of the state’s solar market, and many municipalities. Working together, they created a multi-pronged strategic approach to reducing solar installation times, and relied on detailed project tracking and evaluation, which enabled them to inform and replicate strategies that positively impacted project completion times.

According to the challenge’s criteria, to win the competition’s $3 million grand prize, teams needed to get a minimum of 2,250 points and complete 85% of its total installed capacity in 56 days or less. The Connecticut Permit to Plug-in Challenge team reported the installation of 1,501 systems in 49 participating municipalities covering 141 different zip codes. The systems that were installed averaged 8.74 kW, resulting in 13.03 MW of total installed solar capacity. The median total time, from permit to plug-in was 89 days and 78.6% of its total installed capacity was completed in 56 days or less.

To attain this success, the team worked closely to identify and implement process improvements for solar installations across the value chain. The competition enabled the team to create resources that walk residents through the permit to plug-in process, standardize aspects of municipal solar permitting processes, and implement improvements to the utility interconnection process for solar PV.

“While there was no winning team, it’s clear that the residents of Connecticut are the winners here,” said Connecticut Green Bank President and CEO Bryan Garcia. “Residents will continue to benefit from the lessons learned from the interaction between the utilities, solar contractors, municipalities and the Green Bank. We are proud to have been one of the final two teams striving towards such an important goal for the adoption of residential solar PV.”

The other final team was the Northern and Central California SunShot Alliance, who completed 80% of their total installed capacity in 56 days or less.  While California was not able to meet the minimum point threshold for a grand prize, they completed the competition with 1,780 points – only 10 points more than Connecticut.

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Connecticut Green Bank and Onyx Renewable Partners Announce Commercial Solar Funding Agreement

Power Purchase Agreements to deploy 15-20+ MW of commercial solar projects in Connecticut

 

Rocky Hill, CT and New York, NY (Sept. 12) – The Connecticut Green Bank and Onyx Renewable Partners L.P. (“Onyx”) are excited to announce the Green Bank Solar PPA (power purchase agreement), a joint program that will provide funding for 15-20+ megawatts of commercial-scale solar projects in Connecticut.

Onyx was selected by the Green Bank through a competitive process, which demonstrated Onyx’s ability to provide the flexibility and cost of capital necessary to fund a growing portfolio of commercial-scale projects within Connecticut. Under this partnership, Onyx will leverage its existing fund structure and relationships with Credit Suisse and future tax equity partners to capitalize and own solar photovoltaic projects originated by the Green Bank and local solar developers. This new Connecticut-specific allocation within Onyx’s larger commercial solar portfolio will build upon the success of the Green Bank’s Solar Lease 2 fund, which reached capacity earlier in 2017.

The new Green Bank Solar PPA fund will provide power purchase agreements to a broad range of property owners by making use of Connecticut’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program to allow unrated solar customers, including commercial, industrial, and non-profit property owners, to access financing alongside state agencies, housing authorities, municipalities, schools, and rated corporations. This innovative structure was pioneered under the Green Bank’s Solar Lease 2 program and has successfully opened the solar PPA market to customers traditionally excluded from solar financing.

“The Connecticut Green Bank’s partnership with Onyx provides our local installers with easy access to affordable capital so that their customers can finance solar PV projects that save money from day one,” stated Catherine Smith, Chair of the Connecticut Green Bank and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).  “Via this initiative, the Green Bank is providing our local installers with a pathway to developing projects that can help accelerate their business growth both in Connecticut and scale throughout the region.”

The first two projects under this program are nearing completion and will provide significant savings to their hosts.

First, a 600+ kW rooftop solar system was installed at the Reed Intermediate School in Newtown by Direct Energy, in partnership with the Newtown Sustainability Commission. The long-term savings to Newtown are projected to be over $1.6 million over the 25-year term of the PPA.

“Installing the solar system on the school provides many opportunities for us,” said Frederick Hurley, Director of Public Works for the Town of Newtown. “We can show students, parents, and staff how the technology works, and it will provide significant savings to the town and its residents. Plus, we are using clean energy, which is good for the environment and future generations.”

Additionally, the Town of West Hartford will benefit from the largest solar project the Green Bank has helped develop to date when a 2.4 MW ground mount solar array at the Barrette Farm in Thompson comes online. The project is being installed by C-TEC Solar. The state’s Virtual Net Metering (VNM) program allows West Hartford to take advantage of the energy generated, with projected savings approaching $1.3 million over the term.

“We are excited to be part of the Green Bank’s largest solar project to date, and a pioneer in the state’s VNM program,” said Catherine Diviney, Energy Specialist for the Town of West Hartford. “VNM is a valuable addition to the extensive on-site generation that we currently have on 11 buildings. VNM allows us to both support clean energy and realize some financial savings on the electricity bills at our schools and town facilities. It’s a green win-win for everyone.”

Onyx is a leader in the development and finance of commercial, industrial, and small-scale utility solar projects in North America and brings significant experience in solar project development and financing. Backed by funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners and Blackstone Capital Partners, and operating under an existing partnership with Credit Suisse, Onyx’s established capabilities represent a strong development and financing solution for Connecticut’s commercial-scale solar sector. Onyx provides a vertically integrated approach with strong supply chain relationships, facilitating procurement of lower cost solar equipment, employs a seasoned team of design, engineering, construction and project management experts, and offers full-service capabilities for long-term asset management.

“The Green Bank and Onyx are proud of this mutually rewarding partnership under which Connecticut will benefit greatly from Onyx’s depth of commercial solar development and financing expertise. In turn, Onyx will be able to expand its solar portfolio in the state and gain first-hand experience using C-PACE as a security mechanism under a PPA fund structure, which we hope can be replicated elsewhere,” said Bert Hunter, Executive Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer of the Connecticut Green Bank.

“Onyx is dedicated to bringing more sustainable energy solutions to the State of Connecticut through our partnership with Green Bank.  Utilizing our wealth of experience and relationships in the industry, we will work with, and invest in local developers to promote economic development and growth in their communities,” said Ja Kao, President of Onyx. 

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. In 2017, the Connecticut Green Bank received the Innovations in American Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and innovation for their “Sparking the Green Bank Movement” nomination. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

About Onyx Renewable Partners

Onyx is a Blackstone portfolio company specializing in renewable energy development and finance. Onyx is focused on greenfield development and M&A opportunities in the North American solar and wind sectors. Onyx is also continuously evaluating the market to partner with experienced teams to pursue opportunities employing other renewable power technologies. For more information about Onyx, please visit www.onyxrenewables.com.

 

 

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Connecticut State Colleges & Universities Partners with GE, Sunlight Solar Energy and Connecticut Green Bank to install Solar Systems for Three Campuses in Fall 2017

Other campuses to go solar in the next two years

(September 8, 2017)  – The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) has partnered with Current powered by GE, SunLight Solar Energy and CT Green Bank to install solar energy systems at three campuses in order to reduce energy consumption and decrease operating expenses. Construction is scheduled to begin at Manchester and Middlesex Community Colleges as well as Southern CT State University in late fall with the goal of extending to other campuses including Central, Housatonic, Asnuntuck, Quinebaug, Tunxis and Western in the next two years. The solar energy initiative is funded entirely with private capital sourced by Connecticut Green Bank and once fully implemented is estimated to save CSCU more than $10 million within the first 20 years.

“Anything we can do to make our system and our planet more viable and sustainable in the future is a step we’re willing to take,” said CSCU President Ojakian. “I want to sincerely thank all our partners who worked hard to make this important project possible.”

“The CSCU has shown tremendous leadership with this initiative,” commented Connecticut Green Bank President and CEO Bryan Garcia. “The Connecticut Green Bank is thrilled to be supporting CSCU’s efforts to go green. By not only installing solar energy systems across multiple campuses at once but using private capital to finance the projects, CSCU will be saving significant dollars for the State. And with a high-quality partner like GE overseeing the installations, there is little question these systems will perform and create a win-win-win for all involved.”

“This project is a great representation of the potential of solar generation,” said Amol Kapur, Current by GE’s business development manager for the CSCU portfolio, “CSCU is demonstrating the value of bringing together engineering, technology and finance to support both business and sustainability goals.”

 

About Current, powered by GE:

Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by the power of Predix*, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, and a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments. www.currentbyge.com

 

About GE:

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com.

 

 

 

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Resources for State Residents to Navigate Solar Questions

GoSolarCT.com, DCP’s Solar Panel Buyer’s Guide offer unbiased input

Rocky Hill, CT (August 2, 2017) – As solar installations in Connecticut continue to increase, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), and the Connecticut Green Bank want to remind residents that informational resources exist to help guide them through the process of adding solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to their homes.  Two suggested resources are GoSolarCT.com and DCP’s Solar Panel Buyer’s Guide.

As of July 2017, nearly 25,000 state residences have installed solar, producing more than 175 MW of clean, renewable power. Through GoSolarCT, the Connecticut Green Bank seeks to make information on the solar process available in one location for homeowners in the state.

“The GoSolarCT website helps Connecticut residents understand the costs, installation, and upkeep of solar projects in one location,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This website is an educational outreach tool for Connecticut residents wanting to convert to solar energy. This project and others that educate Connecticut residents on solar installation and renewable energy sources benefits the state and the entire region.”

“There are a lot of different aspects to going solar,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “We want to make sure consumers know who they’ll be interacting with, what credentials those professionals need to have, and what questions they should ask throughout the process. Going solar, like any home improvement related project, is a big investment, and it’s important that consumers do their research before making a commitment.”

GoSolarCT shares pertinent information in an easy, interactive way for Connecticut homeowners and includes a glossary of terms, a potential energy savings calculator and a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

The GoSolarCT website identifies four key areas for people considering installing solar products:

  • How solar works
  • Selecting a contractor and various financing options
  • The installation process
  • Ongoing maintenance

“I’m delighted the Connecticut Green Bank and DCP are assisting customers with these guidance resources,” stated Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz. “My office has handled occasional inquiries from customers looking into solar, but are struggling with weighing financing options, choosing a contractor, and understanding savings estimates. It is important that customers feel that they have made a well-informed choice with regard to this major decision, and these resources should make the process both reassuring and hopefully exciting. I commend the Connecticut Green Bank and DCP and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them to promote solar growth and understanding.” 

 

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly on July 1, 2011 as a part of Public Act 11-80. As the nation’s first full-scale green bank, it is leading the clean energy finance movement by leveraging public and private funds to scale-up renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects across Connecticut. The Green Bank’s success in accelerating private investment in clean energy is helping Connecticut create jobs, increase economic prosperity, promote energy security and address climate change. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

For more information, contact: Rudy Sturk, Senior Associate, Marketing, Connecticut Green Bank, at (860) 259-1154 or [email protected].

 

About the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)

The Department of Consumer Protection’s mission is to ensure a fair and equitable marketplace, safe products and services for consumers in the industries that we license, regulate and enforce. The Department has seven divisions with their own areas of expertise: Drug Control, Foods and Standards, Investigations, Gaming, Licensing, Liquor Control, Occupational and Professional Licensing, and Trade Practices. The Department also administers 18 professional Boards, Councils and Commissions.

For more information, contact: Lora Rae Anderson, Director of Communications, Department of Consumer Protection, at (860) 713-6019 or [email protected].

 

About the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC)

The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) serves as a strong independent voice for Connecticut’s public utility and telecommunications consumers through advocacy and customer education. The OCC is authorized to participate on behalf of consumers in all administrative and judicial forums and in any matters in which the interests of consumers with respect to public utility matters may be involved.

For more information, contact:  Joseph A. Rosenthal, Principal Attorney, Office of Consumer Counsel, at 860-827-2906 or [email protected].

 

 

 

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