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Imagine residents, businesses, communities and educators joining together to push for clean, renewable energy sources, in a dedicated effort to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, protect community health, improve the environment and promote a secure energy supply for the state.
Such a movement is already under way in Connecticut, spearheaded by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). As the nation’s first full-scale clean energy finance authority, CEFIA will leverage public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut. We offer incentives and innovative low-cost financing to encourage homeowners, companies, municipalities, and other institutions to support renewable energy and energy efficiency.
You are invited to join us on this mission. You have the power to make a difference. Together we can change our world for the better
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CEFIA is partnering with cities and towns across Connecticut to bring competitively priced solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to homeowners throughout the state. Solarize Connecticut (Solarize CT) is a pilot program designed to encourage the adoption of residential solar PV by deploying a coordinated education, marketing and outreach effort, combined with a tiered pricing structure that provides increased savings to homeowners as more people in the community go solar.
The Solarize Connecticut pilot is based on a proven residential aggregation model designed to bring down the cost of solar PV when residents sign up for a pre-selected installer’s offering. The more residents who sign up to install solar, the more the price decreases for everyone who participates. And because the installer, the technology and the exact price of PV are provided upfront, it is much easier for residents to make the decision to go solar.
The Solarize approach has worked extremely well in Oregon and Massachusetts, and with the guidance and support of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the John Merck Fund, and SmartPower, we are excited to make it a reality here in Connecticut, as well. By lowering installed costs and increasing customer acquisition through community aggregation strategies such as Solarize Connecticut, financing can become integral to creating a long-term sustainable market for residential solar PV in Connecticut.
CEFIA plans to partner with four municipalities to implement the first phase of the Solarize pilot program in 2012 and four more communities as part of the second phase of the pilot in early 2013. The selection for all towns will take place through a competitive Request For Information (RFI) process, the forms for which are available via the links below. CEFIA will evaluate the performance of the pilot program in the hope of offering an expanded Solarize program for additional towns in the future. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Solarize CT, please do not hesitate to direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.