TYPE: Institutional 

LOCATION: Westport, CT

SIZE: 23,000 SF


  • Two Solar Photovoltaic Installations

  • Repair of Fresh Air Intake Economizers

  • LED Lighting (Interior/Exterior)

  • Heat Destratification Fan

  • Thermal Envelope Improvements

  • Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

  • Efficient Boiler Replacement

  • Rain Water Harvesting

  • High Efficiency Air-Source Heat Pumps


Recent clean energy improvements at Earthplace will reduce long-term operating expenses while creating a healthier and more comfortable environment for building occupants. To advance their long-term commitment to sustainability (moving towards Net Zero energy), Earthplace completed an ambitious energy retrofit to address: deferred maintenance, creation of new laboratory space, along with various mechanical, LED lighting, and building envelope improvements. The project also included a second roof-top solar system.  Collectively, these energy infrastructure upgrades will reduce the facility’s consumption of grid-supplied electricity by over 50%.


MHR Development provided programmatic and technical support to manage this multi-measure energy upgrade that has received awards from the Connecticut Green Bank and 2030 Districts.


The project leveraged several funding sources, including: Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing from the Connecticut Green Bank, incentives from Eversource Energy and renewable energy credits (Z-RECs), and a solar power purchase agreement (PPA).


This is one of the first C-PACE financed projects in the town of Westport: a multi-measure retrofit utilizing “technology agnostic” financing.  

We are enthusiastic about this upgrade to our facility as we create an energy conservation showcase.  There is more to come!

Tony McDowell

Executive Director


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Earthplace - Nature Discovery Center

2030 District Gold Change Makers Award - 2016

The deep energy retrofit of Earthplace received two awards, including the Change Makers Award, given by Stamford 2030 of 2030 Districts across the country.  This award acknowledges local business owners for creating energy efficient buildings for the districts economic development.

PACEsetter Award - Outstanding Project - 2015

Earthplace - Nature Discovery Center

The deep energy retrofit of Earthplace received two awards, including the PACEsetter Award, given by the Connecticut Green Bank (CGB).  This award acknowledges those who are advancing the green movement through C-PACE programs.



Earthplace Case Study

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