It’s a great time to go solar in Middlefield and Rockfall (the program is also open to Durham).
Homeowners are taking advantage of the discounted Solarize program that the town is sponsoring. We’re working with a single, certified Connecticut solar installer, Ross Solar, which our Solarize committee chose through an extensive vetting process.
I’m happy to report that our citizens are responding positively, with over 60 people signing up for a free site evaluation to find out if their home is a good site for solar.
We’re about half way through the 18-week program and eight people have already signed contracts.
The advantage of this program is that residents get discounted pricing and an opportunity to learn about solar through educational workshops. Along with the discount that Ross is offering our residents and Durham residents, there is still an incentive being offered by the state for solar, and the 30 percent federal tax credit pays for almost a third of a system.
The process for homeowners is simple, They can sign up at an educational workshop or online at Solarize CT.com/Middlefield. Ross Solar will contact homeowners, ask them for a copy of their electric bill, and arrange a visit.
Over 60 homes in Middlefield already have solar. Middlefield resident and business owner Jen Huddleston has solar and supports the Solarize program. She said: “My family made the decision to go solar back in 2007, and we’re so thankful that we did. We feel good to know that our electricity is coming from the sunshine, and not from power plants that put toxins into our air and water. We don’t pay anything now for our electricity, only a small fee each month to connect to the power grid.”
We have a lot of solar enthusiasts in town, if you want to talk with one, give me a call at Town Hall. Or, come to our next workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m., at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main St. Ross Solar can answer all your questions about solar.
Edward Bailey is Middlefield’s first selectman.