Solarize Bridgeport is a unique discount buying program that uses a tiered-pricing structure, town-supported education and outreach and one competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar. The more residents sign up for Solarize, the more the cost comes down. All contracts must be signed by July 31st to participate.
The CT Solar Lease is now available for Solarize Connecticut towns. Please contact your Solarize installer for more information or download more details about financing options [PDF].
Solarize Bridgeport extended to July 31st with new financing options!
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“Reducing Bridgeport’s carbon footprint and making the City the cleanest and greenest in the region is my top priority. We are excited that Bridgeport was selected to participate in Solarize Connecticut and look forward to providing our residents with the opportunity to reduce their energy costs while also making Bridgeport a cleaner place to live. The City has received more than 600 requests from residents looking to learn more about solar energy, and we’re happy this opportunity is available to our community.”
- Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport
- Solarize Bridgeport Extended to July 31st with New Financing Options
No money down lease and loan programs now available for residents.
Rocky Hill, Conn. — Solarize Bridgeport has been extended until July 31, 2013 to allow residents the opportunity to utilize new financing options available through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). These options make it possible to install solar with little or no money down. Low monthly payments allow customers to be cash flow positive from the first month they install solar.
The new Smart-E Loan and CT Solar Loan programs from CEFIA offer long-term, affordable options designed to allow homeowners to undertake almost any measure that reduces a home’s fuel or electricity usage or that increases on-site energy production from clean energy sources. Homeowners can save money immediately by financing with the Smart-E Loan, which can yield deeper savings if the customer undertakes further energy efficiency measures. A new leasing option, the CT Solar Lease, is expected to be available soon to residents, which provides additional financial flexibility and the opportunity to install solar for a monthly charge that is less than the customer’s current electric bill. The CT Solar Lease also allows for lower credit score requirements than private solar lease options and a fixed or escalating monthly payment plan.
These financing options are in addition to the discounts offered through the Solarize program. This special City/State program provides group discounts to residents who install solar through Astrum Solar, the City’s official solar installer. The more residents sign up, the more the price drops, with all participants sharing in the lowest possible price, no matter when they sign up.
Connecticut has some of the highest home energy prices in the country. By making one’s home as energy and fuel-efficient as possible, residents can realize substantial monthly savings. This approach is especially effective when coupled with the significant discounts achieved through Solarize Connecticut. The new financing mechanisms can make going solar an especially smart investment. The Solarize program has been extended to provide homeowners the opportunity to research these options.
“One of the key barriers for homeowners in thinking about solar is the upfront cost,” reported Bryan Garcia, President of CEFIA, the administrators of the Solarize Connecticut program. “By providing Connecticut residents with these valuable financing tools, which attract private-capital investments, we are making solar available to more Connecticut homeowners and attracting more private capital to support the deployment of lower-cost solar in Connecticut.”
“We created the BGreen 2020 initiative to save our residents money and lower our carbon footprint. The Solarize Bridgeport campaign is helping us on both of these fronts. These new financial offerings from CEFIA are going to help our residents save on utility bills with lots of financing options. This is going to help us increase participation in this exciting solar program,” said Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport.
Bridgeport homeowners who are interested in learning more about these financing options should contact Astrum Solar at (800) 903-6130. For general information on the Solarize program including upcoming events, please visit www.SolarizeCT.com/Bridgeport.. Those interested in participating in Solarize Bridgeport must have a signed contract by the July 31st deadline.
The Solarize Connecticut program has been made possible through a partnership between the Clean Energy Finance (CEFIA) and Investment Authority, SmartPower, the John Merck Fund and Putnam Family Foundation and the City of Bridgeport.
- Solarize Bridgeport Celebrates with Solar Installation Open House
WHAT: Solarize Bridgeport Open House and Installation
WHERE: The Sauerhoff’s, 78 Bartram Ave., Bridgeport, CT
When: Saturday, June 22nd, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Solarize Bridgeport celebrates its first Solarize installation with an Open House on June 22nd, providing the opportunity for Bridgeport residents to watch the installation of solar panels and ask their own questions about solar power. This event gives residents a chance to understand all of the benefits of Solarize Bridgeport, including: 1) discounts available through Solarize Bridgeport, 2) the opportunity to meet the official Bridgeport solar installer, Astrum Solar; and 3) learn about new financing options available through this City/State sponsored program that allow homeowners to install solar with no money down and that allow customers to be cash positive every month.
The Solar Installation Open House is being held at the home of Robb Sauerhoff and Gail Ostrow on Saturday, June 22nd. The Robb and Gail have purchased a 4.41 kW system through the Solarize Bridgeport program that will produce almost 5,000 kWh of green electricity and expect to save the family over $1,000 annually on their utility bills. “We’re very excited to be a part of Solarize Bridgeport and bring solar energy to our community. Its a great way to help the environment while saving money on our electric bills,” reported Robb Sauerhoff. Robb and Gail, City officials, and Astrum Solar will be attending the event and available to answer homeowners’ questions.
The City of Bridgeport along with Mansfield and Windham, Canton and Coventry have been selected to participate in Solarize Connecticut, a State-sponsored program through Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority that combines coordinated town education and outreach efforts with a tiered pricing offer from a pre-selected installer to significantly increase residential solar. The more residents participate in the program, the more the price drops, with all residents receiving the lowest possible price for their installation no matter when the sign up for the program. However, residents must sign a contract by July 12, 2013 to qualify.
Residents interested in learning more about new Solarize financing options that help homeowners install solar with no money down are encouraged to attend.
- Thank you for marching with Solarize Bridgeport!
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