The Town of Woodbridge’s participation in the CT Solar Challenge has been so successful that the Town may earn the largest free solar array awarded to date through the program. Last fall the Town began the Woodbridge Energy Challenge to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and more reliant on clean energy. As part of this challenge the Town signed on to the CT Solar Challenge which offers discounted pricing on solar installations to Woodbridge residents.
In addition to the discount for residents, the Town will earn a free solar array at the end of the program. The size of the free solar array will depend on how many kilowatts of solar are installed in Woodbridge through the Town’s chosen vendor for this program, Aegis Solar.
Already, the Town has earned a free 5kW array. As of early September, 25 Woodbridge residents had signed contracts for a total of 220 kilowatts of new solar installations. Another 60 residents have received proposals from Aegis. If the Town reaches 250kW, the Town will earn a free 7kW solar array for municipal use. This will be the largest free solar array awarded through the CT Solar Challenge since its inception in 2013.
“I am very excited at the reception the CT Solar Challenge has had in Woodbridge,” said CT Solar Challenge Executive Director Maggie Treichel. “Woodbridge residents appreciate the environmental and financial benefits, and I am hopeful that Woodbridge will break the record and set an example for other towns.”
“Woodbridge residents are taking advantage of this program to educate themselves about solar and to go green,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “I created the Ad Hoc Energy Advisory Task Force with the goal of bringing a solar program to Woodbridge and they’ve done an outstanding job in overseeing and implementing the Woodbridge Solar Challenge. I’d like to especially thank Chair Lisa Connor and Lor Ferrante Fernandes.”
Due to the popularity of the program, the Task Force is offering one more solar workshop on November 4 at 6 p.m. at the Woodbridge Town Library. For more information or to RSVP for the workshop, visit www.ctsolarchallenge.com/woodbridge.