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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Selectmen Accept Solar Panels

By Jennifer Connic

The Board of Selectmen today approved what they hope is the first plan to accept free solar panels from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.

The two-kilowatt system is available to Westport—which is a community that has agreed to have 20 percent of its energy use to come from renewable sources by 2010—because over 100 households have signed up for a renewable energy option thought Connecticut Light & Power.

Public Works Director Stephen Edwards said he hopes to bank the solar panels until more people sign up and there are more panels available to the town.

The plans are to install the solar panels on the roof of one of the Westport schools, he said, including Staples High School and Bedford Middle School.

Edwards credited the Green Energy Club at Staples High School for working to educate Westporters to sign up for the option.

“It’s nice to see the energy they bring to the project,” he said. “They are out there knocking on doors.”

First Selectman Gordon Joseloff asked if town officials would have to return the panels if they do not meet the 20 percent goal by 2010.

Edwards said he’s not sure what would happen if Westport does not reach the goal, but they would not have to return the solar panels.

The funding for the panels comes from money everyone pays into their electric bills each month.

“This is an opportunity to get some of that money back,” he said.

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Posted 03/29/07 at 12:27 AM  Permalink



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