Willington is a small rural town in northeastern Connecticut. We are located 20 miles east of Hartford on I-84. Willington is predominantly residential in nature but has a shopping center, a major travel stop, and is only a couple of miles from the UConn main campus.
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September 1, 2016 SmartPower: Kate Donnelly
Eastford/Willington Launches Award-Winning Residential Solar Program
Kick-off Workshops Announced for September and October
Eastford/Willington CT — The Towns of Eastford and Willington have been selected to participate in an award-winning residential solar program that makes going solar easy and affordable. Solarize Eastford/Willington is part of Solarize Connecticut -- the ground breaking residential solar program sparked by Connecticut’s Green Bank through a partnership with the non-profit organization, SmartPower. Solarize Connecticut has helped thousands of Connecticut residents save money on energy bills by going solar.
Solarize Eastford/Willington is a coalition effort between the Towns of Eastford and Willington to increase residential solar in their communities. Through a competitive selection process, the Towns have selected Earthlight Technologies of Ellington as their solar installer. Earthlight will provide all the solar installations in Eastford and Willington in exchange for special discount pricing.
Solarize Eastford/Willington also offers residents access to special financing options that make going solar affordable with no upfront costs. SmartPower has partnered with Dividend Solar, a national solar financing company, to help qualified residents save money with the $0 down financing option. Other financing resources are available through the solar installer.
The Solarize Eastford/Willington program will kick off with a workshop on Thursday, September 15, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Eastford Town Hall, 16 Westford Road, Eastford.
Another workshop will take place in Willington on Wednesday, October 5, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Willington Library at 7 Ruby Road, Willington.
At these workshops, residents can learn about the program, be introduced to their solar installer, hear about financing options, and have a chance to learn if their house is good for solar.
Solarize is an increasingly popular program that increases residential solar through a proven formula. It relies on an on-the-ground outreach campaign provided through the Town that helps educate consumers. The pre-selected solar installer means residents are getting the best possible price and equipment, specifically chosen for Eastford/Willington residents. And special financing makes going solar affordable.
Eastford First Selectman Arthur W. Brodeur supports the program, “The Town of Eastford, in keeping with its commitment to sustainable energy and consistent with its designation as a “Rising Energy Star” in Connecticut, is pleased to partner with its neighbor, the Town of Willington, and some 60 other Connecticut municipalities, in participating in the Solarize Connecticut program. Such participation is just one of several efforts being undertaken by the Town to assure opportunities for, and implementation of, sustainable energy efforts and programs by Eastford residents. With the addition of Solarize Connecticut to the Town’s energy agenda and potentialities, the people of Eastford are afforded opportunities to have solar installations at more affordable rates and with larger savings.”~
“We are thrilled to join other Connecticut municipalities to offer solar options to Willington home owners and businesses through the Solarize Connecticut program.~~Through our chosen vendor, Earthlight, our residents who participate can expect to save money on their electricity usage while making a difference for the environment,” said Willington First Selectman Christina Beebe Mailhos.
“Connecticut is truly becoming a national leader in solar through the Solarize Connecticut program,” stated Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower. Working in partnership with the CT Green Bank and communities throughout Connecticut, we have been able to add more than 18 MWs of residential solar across the state, with over 2,300 households participating. We continue to see financing and the Solarize model bringing down the cost of solar and making it affordable for more and more homeowners throughout Connecticut.”
Homeowners who want to get started finding out if their home is good for solar can go directly to Solarizect.com/Eastford to “Get Started.” Residents who live in surrounding communities can also participate in Solarize by going to SolarizeCT.com.
More information about Solarize Eastford/Willington can be found by visiting www.solarizect.com/Eastford or by contacting Kate Donnelly at 860 604-4846.