ctgreenbankROCKY HILL: The Connecticut Green Bank announced the winners of its 2016 PACEsetter Awards during a ceremony in early March at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven.

According to an announcement by the Green Bank, “the award winners are the driving force behind the success of the Green Bank’s Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACE) program.”

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as the nation’s first full-scale “green bank.” For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, visit www.ctgreenbank.com.

This year’s event in North Haven was the second annual PACEsetter Awards presented by the Green Bank.

PACEsetter Awards acknowledge contractors, building owners and other stakeholders who are “advancing the green energy movement: through the C-PACE  program, administered by the Green Bank.  The C-pace program is designed, for commercial and industrial property owners, to provide them access to “affordable,” long-term financing for energy upgrades to their buildings.

According to the Green Bank, the program enables building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill.

The Green Bank acknowledged contractors, building owners and other stakeholders in multiple categories:

Top Performer, 2016

Green Earth Energy, in East Windsor, Chris Scyocurka, Managing Partner. The company closed 13 C-PACE projects in 2016, the most of any contractor in the program. Website:greenearthenergypv.com

Best Newcomer, 2016

Beacon Mechanical Service, a family owned business run by Keith [father], and Nick Riggot of Granby who closed their first C-PACE project in 2016 and utilized technical assistance that Green Bank offers to new contractors. Website: beaconmechanical.com

Outstanding Projects, 2016

The Ross Solar Group of Danbury  [Josh Ross, Director] & Defeo Manufacturing [Anthony DeFeo, president] for their project at Defeo Manufacturing’s Brookfield facility.  Defeo is an  aftermarket parts manufacturer for automotive transmissions.

Ross Solar Group installed a 64.7 kW rooftop solar installation at the facility which is estimated to produce more than 80,000 kWh a year.

The solar installation and the roof replacement was the first C-PACE project to close through the Green Bank’s Energy on the Line program. Websites: defeomfg.com, rosssolargroup.com


Energy Resources of Thomaston [Rich Cardita, Chief Commercial Officer] & HARC  [Gregory Grant, senior VP of programs and operations] for their “comprehensive energy efficiency and solar C-PACE project” at HARC’s Hartford facility. HARC is a non-profit established in 1951 to “help people with intellectual disability and their families enjoy lives of quality, inclusion and dignity by providing support, education and advocacy.” Websites: jkenergysolutions.net, harc-ct.org

Accelerating PACE, 2016:

Donna Pellitteri, Tax Collector for the Town of Trumbull, who has been a leader in her municipality’s participation in C-PACE

Jeff Bishop of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, who has been a “driving force” in using C-PACE for economic development in the Bridgeport region.

Ralph Coppola, owner of Northeast Quality Services in Cromwell, which used C-PACE to complete a comprehensive energy efficiency project that included HVAC, lighting and air sealing, has “advocated for C-PACE and communicated the benefits to fellow property owners.”

“The strength of our contractor network, leadership from building owners, and the countless individuals advocating for C-PACE is what has made this program a success,” said Mackey Dykes, Vice President of Commercial and Industrial Programs at Connecticut Green Bank.  “The Connecticut Green Bank is very pleased to recognize these PACEsetters, whose efforts continue to strengthen the C-PACE program. Their hard work means more Connecticut businesses are using more green energy and reducing their energy costs. We look forward to continuing to work with them and others to accelerate the green energy movement with C-PACE.”