Signs on to help expand “Solarize Connecticut” Program
Washington, DC – SmartPower, the nation’s leading non-profit marketing organization dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy today announced the hire of Bernie Pelletier as a new Community Outreach Manager in Connecticut.
Pelletier is an active member of the West Hartford Clean Energy Task Force and, along with others on that committee, led the successful Solarize West Hartford campaign in 2013/2014. Since he has retired from his actuarial career he has devoted himself to the mission of Sustainability – which encompasses Environmental, Economic, and Social elements.
As Community Outreach Manager, Mr. Pelletier will be working closely with the entire SmartPower team to implement all aspects of the Solarize Connecticut program. Solarize Connecticut is a partnership between SmartPower, the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and The John Merck Fund.
“We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Bernie’s stature joining our team,” said SmartPower President, Brian F. Keane. “Bernie is a known quantity throughout Connecticut and to our Solarize Campaigns. We’re excited that now he’ll officially be a part of the SmartPower Team.”
The “Solarize” Campaign is a community “group-buy” for solar that creates solid deadlines and builds trust — both of which have been barriers to solar consumers. And with several financing options available to Connecticut residents, solar can often be installed on homes with no money down.
The program has dramatically reduced the costs of solar – dropping the soft costs of solar by 20%. And perhaps even more exciting, a full 20% of those who participated had never considered purchasing solar before, proving we can now break through to the mainstream consumer.
We have now completed three phases of Solarize Connecticut — and the results have been extraordinary. Indeed in just 20 months we have contracted for over 8.2 MW of residential solar power. That represents 1,100 homes and means in just 20 months we will reduce more than 14,000 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
Further, 8.2 MW of installed solar power represents:
- A reduction of 7,026,902 pounds of coal
- A reduction of 15,214 barrels of oil
- Translates to the removal of 1,377 cars off the road and the elimination of 15,576,30 miles driven
- The equivalent of planting 167,745 trees
- The equivalent of eliminating 171,123 incandescent light bulbs
As we conclude Phase 4 and begin Phase 5 of Solarize we are excited to have Bernie’s expertise and drive to help us continue to achieve strong measurable goals.
Bernie brings a strong background to the Solarize campaigns. Prior to joining SmartPower Bernie was an Actuary for Travelers Insurance where he was the Chief Actuary for the International Department. He retired from this position in 2012.
He graduated from Manhattan College in 1975 with degrees in Mathematics and Peace Studies. His actuarial career made full use of both skill sets – and he continued to develop both disciplines. In 2007 he received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford. He is working towards a Masters at RPI Hartford in the Environmental and Energy Engineering cohort.
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