READER SUBMITTED: Solar Power Open House With CEFIA-C-PACE Noted …

August 12, 2013 by  
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From left to right: ESST President Marcel Veronneau welcomed ESST Sales Director Amy Chen and CEFIA Senior Manager of Clean Energy Finance, Benjamin Healey, to Aug. 3, Solar Power Open House at ESST headquarters at 233 Mill Street in Waterbury.
(Barbara Branagan-Mitchell / August 11, 2013)


7:10 p.m. EDT, August 11, 2013

“We had a very positive response to educating our Open House attendees on the financial savings and positive environmental impacts of solar power for commercial and industrial buildings, and homes,” stated Marcel Veronneau, president of ESST, Energy Systems Sales and Training, LLC. ESST welcomed 30 guests to its’ first Solar Power Open House August 3 at ESST’s headquarters at 233 Mill Street in Waterbury. Veronneau provided a well-received overview on the notable financial benefits of solar investments that result from generous grants, subsidies, and tax benefits from the federal government, states and utility companies. He also provided insights into advances in solar panel efficiency and why solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have become a very attractive investment option for building owners in Connecticut.

CEFIA-Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority Senior Manger of Clean Energy Finance, Benjamin Healey, was ESST’s very well-received guest speaker. Healey provided insights into the various incentives offered by the State of Connecticut to commercial and residential building owners and homeowners. Fielding numerous questions from attendees, he clarified that the ‘financial benefits are significant’ for building owners. As an example, he stated, “A homeowner planning to spend $30,000 to have a solar system installed could apply for grants through CEFIA and receive approximately $20,000 in incentives toward that purchase.”

Healey spoke about CEFIA’s innovative C-PACE Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy programs that can help commercial and industrial building owners finance energy-efficiency improvements for tax and cost savings. C-PACE programs are the result of legislation passed on January 1, 2013 to assist building owners, municipalities, contractors, project developers and investors access affordable financing for energy upgrades for most commercial buildings. CEFIA/C-PACE has projects across Connecticut helping commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners to access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades.

Open House attendees also toured ESST’s 7,000 square foot rooftop where a 45 KW solar PV system with 182 solar energy panels was recently installed for an estimated $11,000 in annual cost savings. “Our system,” stated Veronneau, “is fully grid-tied to Northeast Utilities which instantly reduced our electrical bill. This system produces enough energy to power nine homes with each panel producing 250 watts of electrical power. We guarantee that when a solar PV system is installed correctly, it has the capability to provide measurable cost, and tax, savings during the lifetime of the building.”

To learn more about solar energy power systems and installation, contact ESST at 203-841-0092, visit, or contact Marcel Veronneau at or directly at 203-808-2544.

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