A year after installing solar panels at its Center at Pomfret, the Connecticut Audubon Society has entered into a partnership with RGS Energy to bring more solar power to the state.
Each time the Connecticut Audubon Society refers a new solar customer to RGS, the company will make a $500 contribution to Connecticut Audubon. The partnership will help spread the use of solar power and help Connecticut Audubon’s statewide conservation efforts.
Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Pomfret worked with RGS a year ago on a new solar installation for its five-year-old 5,000-square-foot building, which houses an education/lecture hall, classrooms, an exhibit area, gallery space and staff offices.
In its first year of operation, the solar power has resulted in a reduction of about 40 percent in the Center’s utility bill.
“One of the most important steps that conservation-minded Connecticut residents can take is to reduce their carbon footprint, and solar power can be a key component of that,” said Center Director Sarah Heminway. “Reducing the amount of greenhouses gases released into the atmosphere will help limit the changes to habitats worldwide that climate change is likely to cause.”
Seth Wiggins, senior vice president at RGS, said customers can expect a hassle-free system if they switch to solar.
“Since there are no moving parts and almost no maintenance required, solar arrays typically have no problems,” he said. “When they do, they are easily identified and addressed. The system is expected to produce clean, green power and will continue to do so for in excess of the 25-year warranty.”
Slowing the rise of global temperatures, mitigating the worst impacts of climate change, and adapting to the alterations that global warming will bring requires a combination of large-scale actions on the part of governments and corporations, and smaller-scale individual actions.
In Connecticut, for example, a concerted effort is needed among state and local governments, private conservation organizations, and individual landowners to find, acquire, protect, and properly manage remaining parcels of undeveloped land for coastal birds. Rising sea levels, for example. are likely to submerge the coastal nesting habitats of birds such as Piping Plovers and Salt Marsh Sparrows.
Founded in 1898, the Connecticut Audubon Society is the state’s original and independent Audubon organization. Its goal is to inspire the next generation of conservationists, and to work with the current generation to protect and improve the state’s natural habitats for the betterment of state residents, birds and other wildlife. Connecticut Audubon strives to help make the state a model of sustainability and environmental awareness for the nation.
The organization has nature centers in Pomfret, Glastonbury, Fairfield, Milford and Old Lyme, an EcoTravel program in Essex, and 19 sanctuaries encompassing 2,600 acres statewide.
RGS Energy sold some of the very first solar panels to the public in 1978. Since then, the company has installed over 25,000 solar energy systems for homes and businesses across the country, totaling more than 260 megawatts of clean energy. RGS Energy operates in 11 states and offers customized solar solutions with flexible financing options. You can contact RGS Energy at 1-888-567-6527 or visit http://rgsenergy.com/connecticut-audubon-society/