Somers’ First Selectwoman Lisa Pellegrini recently signed a pledge to commit the town to the Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of clean and renewable energy.
Energize Connecticut helps homes and business save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Under the expanded Clean Energy Communities program, Somers pledges to reduce its municipal building energy consumption 20 percent by 2018, and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of its municipal electrical needs from clean, renewable sources by 2018.
“By embracing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, Somers has the opportunity to save money, save energy and help improve the environment,” said First Selectman Lisa Pellegrini. “We are committed to achieving significant levels of program participation and continuing to educate our residents, businesses and institutions about the benefits of energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy.”
Through participation in energy-saving and renewable energy programs, Somers can earn points towards rewards. For example, when residents or businesses in Somers install a clean energy system, enroll in the CTCleanEnergyOptionssm program, or sign up to receive a Home Energy Solutions assessment, they earn points for the town.
For every 100 points earned for renewable initiatives, Somers will earn a clean energy system equivalent to a 1 kW solar photovoltaic system. Earned systems could include a solar photovoltaic array, solar hot water system, solar trash compactor or solar-powered lights.
Similarly, points are earned when residents, businesses or municipalities participate in energy efficiency programs, such as the Home Energy Solutionssm, Small Business Energy Advantage or Retro Commissioning programs, all of which are energy improvement services designed to help people or businesses use energy more efficiently and save money on their monthly energy bills.
For every 100 points earned through participation in energy efficiency programs, Somers will receive a “Bright Idea Grant” of $5,000 that can be used toward a community-selected energy-saving project, such as hiring an energy auditor to assess/benchmark municipal buildings or to leverage existing funds to make energy-saving improvements to a school.
CL&P and CEFIA, the Clean Energy Communities program administrators will work with Somers to help the town meet goals laid out in its Comprehensive Energy Plan.
Communities interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency that want to become a Clean Energy Community or recommit to the program, should visit www.ctcleanenergy.com/communities.
About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.