The Town of Wilton is a Clean Energy Community, the first in the State of Connecticut.
Being a Clean Energy Community means making a commitment to use clean energy sources (e.g., solar) as well as energy efficiency solutions (e.g., LED lighting).
As an active member of the Solarize CT community, Wilton Energy Commission provides programs and education for Wilton residences, municipalities and business. This information is about the activities the Wilton Energy Commission led for the state of Connecticut's C-PACE program.
C-PACE is an innovative financing approach for the Commercial and Non-Profit sectors that allows property owners to increase the value of their property investment by making energy efficiency and clean energy improvements. C-PACE makes this possible without making capital outlays by financing the renovation costs through property assessments over the life of the lien.
The Town of Wilton has actively been engaging with local businesses since the fall of 2013 to increase businesses awareness and usage of energy smart programs.
Since its inception, the number of business that is participating in energy efficiency has increased from 5.9% in 2013 to 11.97% participation YTD 2015. This represents 91 of 760 total businesses.
Our objective was to use multiple communication initiatives to inform and encourage participation of targeted local businesses into the C-PACE commercial sustainable energy program. Activities included linking the Municipality’s website to CT Energize, distributing multiple informational mailings from the first selectman, and in the near future, conducting business round-table and networking event(s) with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.
On December 5, 2013, Bill Brennan, Bruce Hampson, Debra Thompson-Van, from Wilton, and members from the State of Connecticut Energy department, hosted a face-to-face information event for the local businesses. C-PACE was reviewed in detail and follow-up one-on-one meetings with Energy experts followed.