In 2005, West Hartford made the commitment to purchase 20 percent clean energy for its municipal facilities by the year 2010. It also secured its first 100 clean energy customers under the CT Clean Energy Options program and made a municipal clean energy purchase, which are the steps to become an official “Connecticut Clean Energy Community.”
The task force received a small grant from the state clean energy fund to implement community-based clean energy awareness-raising projects and participating in a signup challenge with New Haven, which the Elm city narrowly won. West Hartford has the second highest in the state behind New Haven.
In 2006, West Hartford earned its first 3-kW solar array installed at West Hartford Town Hall thanks to CleanEnergyOptions sign-ups. In 2008, two more 3-kW systems were installed on Hall and Conard High school.
Mayor and students in front of Hall solar array.
In late 2008, West Hartford ran a competitive process to solicit additional solar installations to be installed on town buildings and schools. The town signed agreements to offer roof space to solar companies and purchase the power output for less than the standard cost of electricity. The first of these systems was installed in fall 2009 on Bristow Middle School and has a capacity of 95 kilowatts.
As more panels are earned they will be placed on other public buildings and schools. Check out live solar data on our buildings!
For every 100 households that sign up for clean energy, we earn one solar array panel. Take a look at the program today and take the first step toward a cleaner future for West Hartford and the world. Go to www.ctcleanenergyoptions.com to learn more and sign up online. And, remember, when filling out the online form – be sure to put “West Hartford Task Force” for the question “How did you hear about us?”
To see more information and article on our Energy Progress visit: www.ctcleanenergyoptions.com