Clean Energy Committee
The Committee was formed in 2007 to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy for Enfield’s homes, businesses and government operations. It was re-chartered in 2015 to implement the incentive programs and advance the goals of Energize-CT and the Clean Energy Communities Program, and support additional clean energy initiatives of the Council.
Founding members of the Committee devoted many hours to demonstrating clean technologies at public events and annual Expos, creating the foundation for the incentives and grants that the Town of Enfield has been receiving as a participant in Energize-CT.
Since 2013, the Committee has:
- Hosted a bike tour of solar installations
- Led Solarize Enfield, which tripled the number of home solar installations (from 24 to 79) and educated the public on solar options, leading Enfield to be #4 in the state for residential solar as of late 2015.
- Worked with staff, Council and a consultant to create the Enfield Energy Strategy, a long-range game plan to upgrade Enfield’s buildings, street lighting and fleet to reduce energy costs 20% or more while leaving a cleaner environment for the next generation.
- Earned Energize-CT incentive points through outreach and local policy improvements, qualifying the town for $22,500 in clean energy technology. This is being used in the summer of 2016 to purchase a variety of solar traffic signals, parking lot lights, charging stations and other demonstration systems that show the diverse benefits of renewable energy and improve public safety, especially at our schools.
- Supported the town’s adoption of C-PACE, Connecticut’s financing program for commercial energy upgrades, and EnergizeCT’s Small Business Energy Efficiency program’s outreach to help our businesses contain energy costs.
- Worked with the Planning and Zoning Commission to develop a new flexible approach to zoning code rules for rooftop solar which was finalized in the spring of 2016.
- Developed public information materials to support a proven effective approach for the town to cut energy waste and keep buildings operating well without raising taxes, the Self-Financing Energy Saving Performance Contract (PDF).
We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Town Hall (usually the Enfield Room). There are no meetings held in August. The Committee’s new charter allows for up to 11 members. Join us for educational, fun meetings and productive project work!
Contact Melissa Everett, Chair by email or business cell phone 845-514-8567.
Melissa Everett, Ph.D, Chair
Town Council Liaisons:
If you have an interest in our work, are knowledgeable and/or enthusiastic please consider applying to join us!