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Area towns partnering for energy savings

Easton, Redding and Trumbull are partnering to help residents save on their energy bills.  The three towns are participating in Solarize Connecticut, a grant program that provides discounts to residents who install solar panels.  Their goal is to outfit 50 new homes in the region by February. 


Electricity rates in Connecticut are among the highest in the nation.  At 17.31 cents per kilowatt hour, Connecticut ranks 3rd, just behind Alaska's 19.28 cents and Hawaii's 36.61 cents per kilowatt hour. 


Easton's Clean Energy Task Force chairwoman says residents can not only take advantage of savings through a renewable energy, but also  a federal tax credit combined with a state incentive.  Cathy Alfandre told the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities recently that everyone who gets solar will get the lowest price point at the end of the program, even the first residents to sign up


The grant program is offered by Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority in partnership with SmartPower.