164 Main Street, Hampton, CT 06247                                                                 Mailing: P. O. Box 143, Hampton, CT 06247

Phone: (860) 455-9132
Fax: (860) 455-0517

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Green Energy Committee

The Hampton Green Energy Committee was established by the Board of Selectmen in January 2010.  Its charge is to study and recommend an energy savings/ green energy plan for the Town of Hampton.
Some activities to date include:
  • Energy audits in all municipal buildings
  • Energy upgrades to municipal buildings, including:
    • Town Hall
      • Installation of insulation
      • Installation of an energy-efficient furnace
      • Outdoor lighting upgrade
      • Installation of a 9kW solar photo-voltaic (PV) system
    • Hampton Elementary School
      • Installation of a grant-funded Solar Thermal system.  The output of the solar hot water system can be monitored by clicking HERE.  
      • Installation of a 9kW PV system, partially funded through the EnergizeCT Clean Energy Communitities program.  The electrical production of this system can be monitored by clicking HERE.              
      • Involvement with HES students in researching solar energy facts for an assembly  dedicating the school's solar installation, including the distribution of free CFL bulbs to participating students
      • Installation of a dedicated monitoring station at the school for both solar thermal and solar PV systems.
    • Hampton Firehouse
      • Installation of a 9 kW PV system
  • Organization of a  Regional Energy Forum with participation of surrounding communities
  • Organization of an Energy Fair with over 120 participants. Included were presentations and tables from state agencies and energy companies, with an energy efficiency poster contest for grades K-12.
  • Solarize Campaign:  Working with three neighboring towns through workshops and outreach efforts more than doubled local residential solar systems.  Specifics include:
    • Community dinner held at HES to promote efficiency and the Solarize program.  More than 100 people attended.
    • Letter mailed fro the First Selectman and Green Energy Committee chair to promote Solarize in Hampton
    • Table set up at the transfer station on Saturday afternoons to promote energy efficiency and the Solarize campaign
    • Magician hired for an assembly on energy effiency and renewable energy for grades K-6 at HES.  Students engaged in presentations and went home with information on energy for their parents.
  • Enclosure of a promotional piece with tax bills promoting clean energy options sign-ups
  • Upcoming projects
    • Completion of energy efficiency measures recommended for HES, including outdoor LED/ Dark Sky- compliant lighting
    • Completion of a small Z-REC project and solar installation at HES that, along with previous installations, will provide 100% of the electrical needs of our elementary school
    • Sponsorship of a solar car contest at the elementary school with community grant money
    • Collaboration with the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to send a letter to all residents in town, with advice on opportunities available for energy efficiency and renewable energy
Solar Collectors on Fire House
Solar Collectors on Town Hall
Photos by Pete Vertefeuille
The following links provide information about clean energy generation, conservation and financing as well as specific Hampton initiatives.
Launched in 2012, Energize Connecticut is the public face of programs and services that help Connecticut residents, businesses and municipal costumers save money and use clean energy.  It is an initiative of the Connecticut Clean Energy Efficiency FUnd (CEEF), the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), the State Department of Clean Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.
The primary purpose of the program is "Empowering you to make smart energy choices." In January 2013, EnergizeCT.com, a new state energy and environmental website, replaced CTEnergyInfo.com.
For Residents:  Energize Connectiut provides the following information: *
  • Programs.  Here you will be able to select information on a variety of programs available to help you reduce energy usage and save money.  Some of the more popular prgrams include: Home Energy Solutions; HES-income eligible; Residential Solar Investment Program; Energy Star Retail Products, Smart E-loans, and more than a dozen others.
  • Solutions. Here are some specific suggestions to benefit from clean energy sources.  For example:  Energy Assessments; Heating, Cooling & Hot Water; Lighting, Appliances & Electronics; Rebates; Financing; Renewable Energy Options; and Building, Renovating or Buying a New Home.
  • Smart Energy Tips. Detailed tips on how to reduce energy use.
The Department of Public Utility Control  (DPUC) regulates energy companies in Connecticut. DPUC informs us of legitimate companies selling electricity. Each household can select a company to generate and supply electricity through CL&P. The household's bills and services such as line repair still come through CL&P.
Connecticut Science Center This site allows you to search alternative energy for information and exhibits.
CT Green Building Council This site allows you to explore educational opportunities promoted by a non-profit organization dedicated to energy efficient design and building.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory This federal laboratory site provides research about renewable energy and energy efficiency, research application and commercial development.
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