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The town is joining Easton and Trumbull in a Solarize Connecticut program aimed at encouraging residents to consider installing solar panels on their homes.

Solarize is offered by Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), a quasi public agency, in partnership with SmartPower, a private company that specializes in marketing for non profits. The program leverages group discounts through a pre-selected installer to reduce the cost of solar installation. It relies, according to a release, on communities to provide outreach and education and to create interest in the program.

Susanne Krivit, the town’s Clean Energy Task Force chair, is spearheading the effort to bring this program to Redding residents, and deserve thanks for her time and effort.

She helped pick the installer, Sunlight Solar Energy, for the three towns. As a group, she said, the goal is to get 50 solar installations among the three towns. She is hoping at least 10 of those will be for Redding residences. The size of the discount each homeowner would receive depends on how many homeowners decide to participate in the program.

There are buying and leasing options for those interested in solar panel installations on their homes. The goal of the program is for each homeowner to generate enough electricity from his solar system to cover his existing electric use.

Flexible funding options are offered from leasing to buying. Sunlight Solar will provide information on these to interested homeowners.

Ms. Krivit expects to have a local meeting on the program in early October. She will have a table in front of the Redding Community Center during the Sept. 24 referendum on the Barlow stadium improvement project. There is also a workshop in Trumbull on Sept. 22.

For more information about the program and the Trumbull workshop go to solarizect.com/Easton-Redding-Trumbull or contact Sunlight Solar Energy directly at 203-878-9123, or visit sunlightsolar.com.

With Redding such a green town, it will be interesting to see what kind of response is generated by this solar program.

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