Westport News

The Tesla S is expected in showrooms in 2011


Let’s face it – you love the Tesla and you can’t wait for the Tesla S to arrive in Fairfield County so you can glue your family to the seats as the car rockets from zero to 60 in 4 seconds — all the while cruising with a clean conscience that you have emitted zero carbon emissions (at least from the tailpipes).

On 5:30pm November 18 at Arcudi’s Restaurant, Jim Motavalli, freelance journalist and regular contributor to The New York Times’ Automobile Section, speaker, book author and radio personality about all things environmental, will lead a discussion with Westport’s Electric Car Club (bet you didn’t know we had one, did you?).  All are welcome.

Environmental Journalist, Jim Motavalli Joins the Westport Electric Car Club


Green Task Force Chair Kimberly Lake said today that the Westport Green Task Force is seeking nominations for the 2010 WeGreenWestport Awards.

“Since 2008, the Green Task Force has recognized the efforts of outstanding individuals, including youths, as well as businesses and other community organizations in the town who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting and improving the environment in a way that contributes to a long-term positive effect on the sustainability of Westport,” said Lake.

Nominations will be accepted through March 24. Nomination forms may be obtained online at  www.westportct.gov,  from the Selectman’s office, or by  printing out our form (PDF) by clicking WeGreenWestport Award Nomination Form.   Completed forms should be emailed to klake57@mac.com or mailed to Kimberly Lake, Chair, Westport Green Task Force c/o Town of Westport, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.

An online nomination form has also been created.  Complete the online form at 2010 WeGreenWestport Nomination Form.

The deadline for the receipt of submissions is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24.  The Green Task Force will vote on the applications at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 7.

In 2008, the Green Task Force honored Kevin Green, resident and RTM Member, for his extraordinary green home renovation; Matthew Silver, then a student at Bedford Middle School, for his entrepreneurialism to raise money to plant trees at Bedford; Westport Wash and Wax for their inspirational solar installation to power their business; and Patagonia for their wonderful local support of green efforts throughout town and for their groundbreaking green business initiatives.

Last year, John Rountree, a leader and expert in solar designs and installation, A.J. Keiffer, President of Staples Green Club, and the Green Village Initiative founders Monique Bosch, Rebecca Howe, Sherry Jagerson, Dan Levinson, and Liz Milwe received the award.

green-cupThe Green Cup Challenge is …

a first-ever competition between Westport, Weston and Wilton to see which town is the “greenest.”

The contest ends on January 31, 2009.

To help Westport win, visit the site today and take the simple survey. That’s it!

Three simple things to do today:

  1. Sign up for Clean Energy
  2. Take the We Green Westport Pledge
  3. Complete the Green Cup Challenge survey

Recently announced, Connecticut has a new solar lease program for qualifying residents.  One of the eligible installation firms is CSolar who passed along this release:

“Connecticut Leads the Way with the Nation’s First Rate Pay Supported Residential Leasing Program for Solar Energy”

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and CT Solar Leasing, LLC have combined the power of CCEF’s innovative Solar Rebate program and the financial power of leasing to create an unbeatable way for qualifying homeowner customers of CL&P and UI to add solar energy to their homes for the lowest possible cost.

About the Program:

• $0 Down Payment!
• Low fixed monthly payments – less than $120 per month for the typical system!
• Interest rate is 5.5% fixed.
• Leasing is for 15 years and at the end of your CT Solar Lease™ you have the option to buy the system at its current value, extend your lease for another 5 years at a reduced rate, or have the system removed.

Who is eligible?
The CT Solar Lease Program is for Connecticut homeowner customers of CL&P and UI who are:
Installing qualifying Solar PV systems:
• In their 1 to 4 family owner-occupied homes
• Whose household income is 200% or less of their area’s median income
• Who meet the credit qualifications of the program
Homeowners earning over the minimum income are still eligible for CCEF’s Solar Rebate Program.
ACT NOW! To find out more specific information on how solar can help save you money on your increasing electric bills, call your local C Solar LLC representative for a free site evaluation today at (203) 504-2250.

To find out more information about the CT Solar Lease program and determine your eligibility visit their website at http://www.ctsolarlease.com.

All eligible solar installers are pre-approved by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and CT Solar Leasing. This is an excellent opportunity for solar panel installation on your home with no down payment and a fixed monthly rate. Reduce your electricity bills with the power of the sun.