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The Quick Update on the Solar Panels...

The good news so far is that we've been approved by the CT Solar Lease Program. Our house would need 40 Evergreen ESA 210 solar panels, with an 8.4kW solar electric system and this would generate 95% of our energy (based on past usage.) The estimate is that our monthly payment would be $131.37. Now the rebate application goes to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The total proposed cost is $55,860! (My eyes ACTUALLY popped out of my head when I saw the number.) The rebate amount hopefully will cover $29,724 coming from the CT Clean Energy Fund (CCEF.) The difference, I finally understand, is paid in our monthly lease. There must be a lot of people with the same idea because it appears the waiting list to have the panels installed goes into August! So, for the solar electric...fingers still crossed while we jump the last hurdles. The solar company also gave us a quote for solar thermal hot water, at a price of $10,264.50. With this one, there is a federal rebate of 30% or $2383

"It's a 50-50 Chance!"

That's what Dan Britton , the Photovoltaic System Designer from Sunlight Solar Energy said at the end of his visit to our house this morning. He was referring to our chance of being approved for the CT Solar Lease program. Apparently, with the current program drawing to a close, they're busy going through the back log of people like us, who are trying to get solar panels with grant money. (Here's his car - OF COURSE it's a Prius ! I also loved that his business card was printed on 100% PCW paper with soy inks and without chlorine, and the presentation folder...made of 100% recycled materials! Who can't be impressed by this company?) To be honest, I missed a lot of the technical speak about the inverters, but only because while Dan was talking, Julien kept trying to insert himself into the conversation. (He enjoys the science of it so much that he couldn't keep quiet. At one point he brought out circuit boards to show Dan how he himself would make solar pane

The GREEN CT Realtor gets GREENER...

If we're approved, my current GREEN- NESS is about to get a shade darker! A few years ago we had a solar contractor come out to the house to find out about solar panels. At the time we were looking at a cost of $10,000 to install a solar hot water system. After spending around $100,000 to renovate the house, we didn't exactly have any money left over, so that project was shelved. Since then, the Connecticut Solar Lease Program came along. The basics are that you lease the panels for producing your electricity for 15 years, no down payment (other than a $150 processing fee) and then you make monthly payments of $120. The deadline for applications is rapidly approaching on February 26, 2010.....and guess who is applying? For more information go to and I'll keep you posted!

How Do You Say GREEN in French?

La Vie en VERT it the new Vie en Rose? I was flipping through a French mag called Maison & Travaux and came across a short article on a website I just had to research. This website is . While it does not appear to have an English language feature, it is to me, over the top in its GREEN deliciousness! I love the drama of lines such as, "Kindle: Ecological Angel or Demon?" I keep seeing the slogan "Adoptez la green attitude!" Funny, but I always thought the French were so GREEN already. That's my own opinion though, based on the infrastructure & excellent mass transit, use of nuclear energy, and the cars with great gas mileage (just to name a few.) I love that they're looking to further make a difference. Apparently, from this site, there are TONS of eco-shopping opportunities too. Admittedly I spent most of my time perusing the organic wines :) By the way, there are website translators, such as one offered by Goog