On Tuesday, March 6th, local community leaders as well as State and Federal representatives are invited to get a firsthand look at one of the largest commercial solar thermal installations in Hartford. This 60-panel system for a 78-unit apartment building on Laurel Street was designed and installed by C-TEC Solar, a Connecticut-based company located in Simsbury.
C-TEC Solar is co-hosting the event with the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). “This is a great clean energy story,” remarked Bill Colonis, CEFIA Solar Thermal Project Manager. “With rebates made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the solar thermal installation at 270 Laurel Street will offset almost 70% of the property’s domestic hot water needs. This system will not only reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, but will further provide long-term cost stabilization.”
Solar energy use has increased by approximately 20 percent per year over the last 15 years* thanks to increased efficiency and falling prices. And it is beginning to attract attention — like that of prominent businessman Gene Rosenberg. He explains, “I want to help the environment. I see great potential in green energy alternatives. That’s why I invested in solar technology with C-TEC Solar.”
C-TEC owner Mickey Toro added, “We design, install and monitor both PV and Solar Thermal Systems throughout the northeast. People are now starting to see the benefits of solar thermal technology. It costs about one-third less than a Photovoltaic (PV) electric system and uses around 65% less energy than traditional hot water heating systems. And, with Federal and State tax rebates and incentives, it can pay for itself in as little as three years.”
About C-TEC Solar
C-TEC Solar, located in Simsbury, Connecticut is one of the most experienced solar contractors in the state with 30 years of industry expertise. Fully licensed and insured, C‐TEC Solar provides complete turnkey and financing solutions for clean technology and alternative energy projects and specializes in Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal systems for residential and commercial applications. With an industry leading technology approach, C-TEC Solar effectively manages both small- and large-scale solar installations from inception to completion, saving customers time and money for a greater return on investment.
* Source: National Geographic