Letter to the Editor: Darien commercial properties can get green energy financing

On April 22, 2019 a ribbon-cutting event held at Darien Town Hall was more than just a formality: It was Earth Day and the celebration also marked the completion of three solar photovoltaic systems on municipal buildings.

The roof-top installations at Town Hall, the Darien Police Station, and the Department of Public Works garage significantly increased the town’s Class 1 renewable energy generating capacity. Remarkably, through the power purchase agreement formalized with the Connecticut Green Bank, the installations were estimated to also save the town approximately $1.3 million over the life of the 20-year contract.

Jayme Stevenson, then the first selectman, noted Darien’s commitment to limiting the environmental impacts of town-owned facilities, to saving taxpayers money, and to serving as a role model for others in our region and across the state.

Commercial property owners in Darien can similarly demonstrate a commitment to sustainability while also saving money by making energy improvements to their buildings. Through its C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) program the Connecticut Green Bank offers solutions for all types of buildings, from businesses and nonprofits to multifamily housing. By making it affordable to install solar or retrofit buildings with energy-efficient lighting, insulation, or heating and cooling equipment, hundreds of property owners across the state — including some in Darien - have already modernized their buildings. Not only do the energy saving measures financed by C-PACE contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable community, they also save property owners money. To get started, interested property owners can visit ctgreenbank.com or call 866-324-0099.

Like the town’s municipal buildings, Darien’s commercial properties can be a model for those in other communities. With C-PACE financed projects, owners save money while reducing the environmental impacts of their buildings.

Thank you.

Carolyn Bayne, chair of Darien Advisory Committee on Sustainability