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      National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) is September 14-21.  Come see what all the excitement and environmental benefits are with driving Electric Vehicles!  There are over 100 NDEW events across the US and at least seven here in the CONN, MASS, RI area.  Here's a PDF of those in our tri-state area: 

      The largest of these in our area will be held in New Britain, Connecticut, on the campus of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in the Student Center.  Here's a link to their website:

      This event has several activities for visitors to enjoy as well as learn, first hand, what Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles are all about.  These include:

      • EV/PHEV Dealers offering Ride & Drives - Get behind the wheel of an EV and experience the quiet ride of a totally electric car!
      • EV/PHEV Presentations - learn the history of EVs, available cars, and EV infrastructure (where can you charge your EV)! 
      • EV/PHEV related supplier tables - learn more about charging stations, utility companies, solar panel companies and more! 
      • EV/PHEV owners and their cars - ask owners, first hand, what their experiences have been like to own EVs!
      • EV/PHEV Caravan - If you own an EV/PHEV and bring it to the event, you can join the EV caravan from CCSU to the GE charging stations in Plainville and then no host pizza dinner! 
      • EV Charging Station Raffle - If you bring your EV/PHEV to the event, you can be entered to win a new Schneider-Electric residential Level II charging Station!

      So be sure to register to attend (and bring your EV/PHEV) at this site so we can save room for you!

      Here's a link to pictures from last year's event:


      Clever financing, tax credits, rebates allow for great energy savings
       Contact: Judi Friedman, 860-693-4813
      Because of the recurring demand for this type of house tour, Plainville , Connecticut will again be the site of comprehensive free solar tours at 2 Seneca Rd. on Saturday, October 4, 2014. As part of THE NATIONAL SOLAR HOME TOUR, the tours of this retrofit 1960 ranch house will be held from 12 noon to 4 PM. Experts on installation, heating and cooling, and financing will be available for discussion. In addition to tours of this smart solar financing house, literature will be available and fabulous electric cars will be on display (Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, Tesla and Nissan Leaf).

      The owners refinanced their house to pay for this project. Now they invest in their dream to become a NET ZERO energy home. By removing oil and most of their electric bills, they freed up money in their monthly budget. With this extra money, they plan to repay their mortgage. Oil and electricity provided service but no equity. They can now invest in the financial stability of their family while benefitting the planet. After tax credits and rebates, using a conservative four percent cost escalation, the family plans to have a complete recovery of their investment in less than seven years!

      This family consists of two hard-working adults with two children who insulated their attic; installed solar electric panels, a solar hot water heating system, and air-to-air source heat pumps, among many other energy-saving upgrades. According to Judi Friedman, Chair of People's Action for Clean Energy, "This is one of the most unusual solar offerings that PACE has ever showcased especially for financial reasons."

      The tours are sponsored by People's Action for Clean Energy (PACE) in conjunction with the CT Chapter of the Sierra Club and the American Solar Energy Society. The free tours will be held rain or shine at 2 Seneca Rd in Plainville . To learn more, go online to and click on Events. For tour information, call 860-693-4813 or 860-623-5487.

      WIN, WIN, WIN! Cash back for customer, fundraising for local chapter, and clean energy (win for the environment!) This is what happens when you go solar through Sungevity! Join the solar revolution and help your local Sierra Club at the same time. Get a quote and see how you can join the revolution. Just go to:
      For more information about the program click HERE for the FAQ (frequently asked questions)

      Get a free consultation and sign up for solar panels soon! In October we have a  $1,000/$1,000 promotion: throughout the month of October, Sungevity will send $1,000 back to the Sierra Club and $1,000 back to the homeowner! 

      supports the mission and work of the Sierra Club.

      2) OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS: Going solar now supports green jobs and helps clean energy grow.

      3) TESTED PROGRAM: Feedback from pilot was overwhelmingly positivegood experience with process, Sungevity, and they love using clean energy!

      4) SUPPORT LOCAL CHAPTERS: National Sierra Club promotion of the Solar Homes program supports local chapters who will receive unrestricted funds for advocacy and conservation programs as well as crucial overhead costs.

      5) TIME IS RIGHT FOR SOLAR: Affordable leasing options are available and you can be a part of the growing solar revolution.

      6) DIRTY ENERGY IS COSTING US ALL: Coal is making our kids and adults sick by polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink. Big Coal profits at the expense of people.

      7) CLEAN ENERGY IS CREATING JOBS AND POWERING THE ECONOMY: Wind and solar already provide more jobs than the coal mining industry. Generating power with solar creates seven times more jobs than doing so with coal. __________________________________________________________________

      Coal 101: A simple way to visualize the problems with coal, the outdated way to make power. A clean energy future is available now; why don't we move beyond coal? (click on image)