Fairfield Receives Clean Energy Grant

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State Reps. Tony Hwang and Brenda Kupchick with Department of Public Works Assistant Director, Ed Boman who wrote the ‘Bright Idea’ grant for the town at last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield is among 35 municipalities in Connecticut that will receive a "Bright Idea" grant, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, through its participation in the Clean Energy Communities program.

State Reps. Tony Hwang (R-134) and Brenda Kupchick (R-132) attended a State Capitol ceremony to receive the honor.

"I am proud to be a partner with the stalwart environmental and clean energy leaders within our community. This grant is a reflection of a collaborative private-public relationship that is making a positive difference in our environment through clean energy use and conservation," Hwang said in a statement.

The Fairfield Clean Energy Task Force also started the “Fairfield Commits to Clean Energy” Campaign, the first of its kind in the state. It encourages all households and businesses to sign up for one of the "CT Clean Energy Options" available through United Illuminating.

Under the Clean Energy Communities program, cities sign a pledge to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent before 2018, and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of its electric needs from renewable sources by 2018.

To date, 78 Connecticut cities and towns have signed the pledge.

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