Historic Inn Turns Up the Heat: The West Lane Inn Replaces Old Oil Burning System with Energy Efficient Electric Heat Pumps

Using C-PACE financing through the Connecticut Green Banks, The West Lane Inn takes advantage of immediate energy and monetary savings

Ridgefield, CT (Jan. 27, 2021) – The innkeepers of The West Lane Inn in Ridgefield and the Connecticut Green Bank are pleased to announce the completion of a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financed energy efficiency project at their inn, located at 22 West Lane. The project replaced an old oil-burning heat system with a new heat pump system designed to handle the heating and cooling needs of the 17-room historic property.

The innkeepers, Christine Carnicelli and Danille Petrie, who purchased the inn in the fall of 2019, are working hard to balance the colonial charm of the 1840s building with the need for modern amenities. As they are making cosmetic changes to the inn, they realized an upgrade was needed on their boiler.

“When guests come to stay at our inn, we want them to have the most relaxing, cozy experience possible. By adding a new heat pump system, we are able to keep rooms comfortable all year long,” said Christine. “The new system is also more energy efficient, and better for the environment, which fits with Ridgefield’s country surroundings.”

Eastern Mechanical Services, Inc. of Danbury, an HVAC contractor serving Fairfield County since 1985, installed the new equipment. The balance of the project cost, after utility incentives and owner equity, will be paid off over 10 years through the C-PACE assessment. This allows the owners to reap the energy saving benefits immediately while paying for the improvement over time. While the heat pumps will increase electricity usage, the system is replacing a more expensive oil system, which creates an overall energy cost savings that could exceed the project cost over the estimated useful life of the new equipment.

The new in-room units are much smaller (and more efficient) than the previous units.

“We are always excited when a new type of property, in this case a boutique inn, takes advantage of C-PACE to improve their energy efficiency. This is also a great example of progress toward the State’s goal of electrifying buildings,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Financing Programs at the Connecticut Green Bank. “Commercial properties of all sizes should look at their HVAC systems for opportunities to unlock savings.”

While COVID-19 created new challenges for the innkeepers in 2020, they are hopeful about the future.

“We know that people are anxious to start travelling again and enjoying communities like Ridgefield. Our inn is ready to accommodate their stays and their events, especially in warmer months,” said Danille. “Our new heat pumps also provide air conditioning!”

Learn more about the West Lane Inn at https://westlaneinn.com/.  Learn more about the C-PACE program at www.cpace.com.

About the Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as the nation’s first green bank. The Green Bank’s mission is to confront climate change and provide all of society a healthier, more prosperous future by increasing and accelerating the flow of private capital into markets that energize the green economy. This is accomplished by leveraging limited public resources to scale-up and mobilize private capital investment into Connecticut. 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” entry. For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, please visit www.ctgreenbank.com

 About the West Lane Inn

The West Lane Inn, built in 1849, combines the charm of an intimate country inn with many conveniences of a hotel. For those seeking a special getaway, we are situated in the historic district of Ridgefield, CT, one of New England’s most scenic colonial towns. With 17 beautifully appointed rooms, guests may choose from three different room layouts all with charming decor and private bath.