Solarize Greenwich -- too good a deal
to pass up
We are one of the families that recently signed up for solar power installation under the Solarize Greenwich program.
We are excited about the prospect of both substantially reducing our electricity bill and helping to reduce the production of carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming. Five years ago, we considered going solar but it was much too expensive. The situation is very different today.
The initial cost of the system can be recovered in a reasonable time. Savings in the cost of electricity once the system is paid for could be substantial. A dramatic decline in the price of solar panels in the last three years together with a generous rebate from the state of Connecticut and a 30 percent federal tax credit has greatly reduced the net installation cost.
The 60 percent projected savings in our electric bill will pay for the system in nine to 14 years, depending upon how fast CL&P electricity rates rise in the future.
The solar panels are warranted for 25 years, and the system may be economical to operate for as long as 35 years.
However, we didn't make the decision to go solar before also making a detailed study of the technical feasibility by Stephen, who is an applied physicist with sufficient technical background to evaluate the technology. One important improvement boosts efficiency on a partially shaded roof; earlier installations wired the panels in series with the downside that one shaded panel lowered the electrical output of the entire array (e.g., like the old-fashioned string of Christmas tree lights where one bad bulb turned all of them off).
We now enjoy looking at roofs in Greenwich and find many that would be suitable for solar panels. We think the Solarize Greenwich program is too good a deal to pass up. Solar is good for the environment as well.
To learn more about the program, visit the town of Greenwich website.
Stephen and Naomi Myers
Greenwich group holding campaign against gun violence Read Full Article
The Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence is recognizing the one-year anniversary of the gun massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school with its campaign "Honor Newtown. Make Your Voice Heard."
On Dec. 7, 8 and 14 (weather permitting) the Council will ask shoppers on Greenwich Ave. (in front of the old post office) to sign Newtown Action Alliance holiday cards.
The cards will be sent to selected members of Congress with a message urging them to pass universal background check legislation.
In the time since 26 students and educators were slain in Newtown, it is estimated that nearly 31,000 people have died by guns in the United States. Last April, the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation, with the support of the entire Greenwich delegation, strengthening gun regulation.
Here in Greenwich, First Selectman Peter Tesei joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the bipartisan coalition of more than 1,000 mayors working to make America's communities safer by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands.
But in Congress, no action whatsoever has been taken to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our country (despite the passionate support by our Congressional delegation).
The inaction in Congress is despite overwhelming public support for universal background checks, and majority support for stricter gun laws overall.
According to the latest Quinnipiac national poll, 89 percent of voters support universal background checks, including 88 percent in households with guns. By a margin of 54-41 percent, voters support stricter gun laws.
The NAA holiday card carries a message of peace and hope, but also serves as a reminder for what needs to be done to address the issue of gun violence in America.
Please take a moment during your holiday shopping to stop at our table to sign a card and make your voice heard.
(The writer is a member of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence.)