A 5kW solar array was installed at the Woodbridge Town Library recently, at no cost to the Town. The photovoltaic panels were earned thanks to the success of the Woodbridge Solar Challenge, a 2015 campaign to help Woodbridge residents go green. “This program was a win-win for Woodbridge. Residents learned more about solar, many took advantage of the program, and the Town earned free solar panels,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.
The Town’s Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force sponsored the Woodbridge Solar Challenge in partnership with CT Solar Challenge and vendor Aegis Solar. The program offered discount pricing on solar installations to Woodbridge residents and included several workshops where residents learned how and why to go solar. Aegis Solar donated the 5kW array to the Town based upon the aggregate amount of solar installed through the program.
The Task Force’s goal was to double the number of Woodbridge homes with solar. In the three years prior to the Woodbridge Solar Challenge, 15 homes installed solar. During the Solar Challenge, there were 58 residential solar installations, nearly four times the goal.
“I’d like to thank CT Solar Challenge and Aegis Solar for helping so many Woodbridge residents take advantage of solar and for educating residents on how it works,” said Lisa Connor, chair of the Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force. “We encourage residents to continue making their homes as energy efficient as possible to help the environment and their wallets.”
“The Woodbridge Energy Challenge was a success! Not only did the town pass the goal it set out to achieve, but the 5kW system earned will be giving back to the town for 25 plus years. Thank you for allowing CT Solar Challenge to be part of the towns continued efforts to promote clean energy and energy efficiencies,” said CT Solar Challenge executive director Maggie Treichel.
Left to right: Library director Eric Werthmann, Aegis Solar CEO Chris Lenda, First Selectman Ellen Scalettar, Task Force chair Lisa Connor and CT Solar Challenge executive director Maggie Treichel.