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Wilton Launches Cutting Edge Solar Program With Workshop

Wilton First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice is excited about the town's opportunity to take part in a residential solar program.
Wilton First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice is excited about the town's opportunity to take part in a residential solar program. Photo Credit: Lynne Vanderslice/Facebook

WILTON, Conn. -- The Town of Wilton has been selected to participate in Solarize Wilton, a residential solar program that has been spearheaded by Connecticut’s Green Bank through a partnership with SmartPower.

Solarize Wilton is part of Solarize Connecticut, which has helped thousands of residents save money on energy bills through solar. It is supported by the Town of Wilton, the Wilton Energy Commission and Wilton Go Green.

The Solarize Wilton program will kick off with the first solar workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. 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. The snow date is Jan. 13.

Solarize increases residential solar by relying on an on-the-ground outreach campaign provided through the town that helps educate consumers.

The town has selected Ross Solar Group as its solar installer. Ross Solar Group will provide all the solar installations in Wilton in exchange for special discount pricing. Solarize Wilton also offers residents access to special financing options 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 Wilton’s solar installer.

“This exciting program offers a new solar choice for residents at reduced rates, an opportunity to take control of their energy costs, saving money while using sustainable energy," said Wilton First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice. "I’m very excited that Wilton will be participating in such a worthwhile program. Wilton has a proud tradition of taking advantage of environmentally friendly programs through our Wilton Go Green efforts, and I look forward a great partnership with Solarize Connecticut.”

“Connecticut is truly becoming a national leader in solar through the Solarize Connecticut program,” said Brian Keane, president of SmartPower. "Working in partnership with the CT Green Bank, we have been able to add more than 17 MWs of residential solar across the state, with over 2,000 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.”

Residents must sign a contract by May 18.

Homeowners, including residents in surrounding communities, who want to find out if their home is good for solar can get started by clicking here or contacting Kate Donnelly at kdonnelly@smartpower.org.

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