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New Canaan selectmen approve $355,000 for mini power plant at Town Hall

"First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and consultant Mark Robbins stood near New Canaan Town Hall during an early phase of the energy initiative, when solar panels were first installed on the roof. Since then, three other town buildings have solar systems and two town structures have combined heat and power units."

New Canaan selectmen approve $355,000 for mini power plant at Town Hall

Waveny’s Green Wave: Safety and Sustainability in Action

Waveny Care Center implemented a 260 kW DC solar system. "We expect that over a 25 year term, the system will produce estimated utility cost savings in excess of $500,000. This is equivalent to taking nearly 900 homes off the “grid”, or 6,713,500 lbs. of avoided CO2 emissions."

Waveny’s Green Wave: Safety and Sustainability in Action

Energea Announces ‘Solar In The U.S.A’ Retail Investment Portfolio Open To Small and Large Shareholders

The first domestic renewable energy portfolio includes West Elementary School in New Canaan: “Through this portfolio, investors will be able to acquire equity in two domestic solar projects, a 300 kilowatt power plant at West Elementary School in New Canaan, Connecticut and a 540-kilowatt plant on an industrial roof in Waltham, Massachusetts.”

Energea Announces ‘Solar In The U.S.A’ Retail Investment Portfolio Open To Small and Large Shareholders

New Canaan to undergo energy-efficient projects including mini power plants

Solar installed on West Elementary School. New Canaan plans to implement mini cogeneration / combined heat and power (CHP) plants in various locations throughout the town.

New Canaan to undergo energy-efficient projects including mini power plants

Clocktower Close Receives Energy Efficiency Award for Solar Project

Clocktower Close Condominiums (largest rooftop solar installation for residential condominium in New England of its time) receives award: “On December 3, 2019, Clocktower Close Condominiums (25 Grand Street in Norwalk) received the Stamford 2030 District’s 5th Annual Change Makers Award in the category of energy during an evening ceremony held at the Metro Green Terrace in Stamford.”

Clocktower Close Receives Energy Efficiency Award for Solar Project

U.S. Secretary of Education Names Middlebrook School 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

"The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that Middlebrook School is one of 39 total 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Middlebrook School was nominated by CT Green LEAF Schools."

U.S. Secretary of Education Names Middlebrook School 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

New Canaan St. Luke's designLab students build green

"The executive director of the nonprofit organization, Housatonic Habitat for Humanity, Fran Normann; the founder and owner of the interior design company Design Dot, Megan Wunderlich; Steve Panosian, senior editor of Technology Designer magazine, Mark Robbins from MHR Development, and Doug Kenyon from the company, PC Construction Company shared their insights with the sixth grade design students at St. Luke’s."

New Canaan St. Luke's designLab students build green

Clocktower Close Award for Solar Energy with Plaza R&M & MHR

"Collaborative project between Plaza Realty & Management, MHR Development, and Clocktower Close Condos earns 5th Annual Change Makers Award."

Clocktower Close Award for Solar Energy with Plaza R&M & MHR

What you may have missed over the summer in New Canaan

"First Selectman Kevin Moynihan raised the lever to turn on the 128 solar panels on the roof of New Canaan Town Hall on July 25. Cheering him on is Mark Robbins of MHR Development, LLC."

What you may have missed over the summer in New Canaan

New Canaan's South School to get solar on roof

"Solar panels on the roof are expected to save up to $50,000 a year and $1.4 million in energy costs over 20 years, according to Mark Robbins of MHR Development. As much as 75% of the school’s energy will be created by renewable energy, he said during a presentation for the Board of Education on Monday, June 10."

New Canaan's South School to get solar on roof

Here Comes the Solar New Canaan

"Solar panels are being installed on the roof of New Canaan Town Hall. This is the first of five town roofs that will reap energy savings with the help of solar ... Robbins has spoken at town meetings and is behind the inspiration to get solar. He said Wilton schools dropped the cost of energy by 81 percent by doing so."

Here Comes the Solar New Canaan

Wilton Go Green holds Lamont to campaign ideals

"Wilton Go Green has joined with 28 other environmentally concerned organizations in sending a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont expressing their concern that steps taken by his administration will thwart the state’s efforts to meet its greehouse gas reduction targets for 2020 and 2030."

Wilton Go Green holds Lamont to campaign ideals

Solar Power Systems To Be Installed at Four Town Buildings

"The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday unanimously approved two contracts that will see solar power systems installed on town buildings in New Canaan for the first time. If all goes as planned, the new photovoltaic or ‘PV’ systems could be up and running at Town Hall, the Animal Care building at the New Canaan Nature Center, Waveny Pool house and Highway Department garage prior to next winter, officials said at the selectmen’s regular meeting."

Solar Power Systems To Be Installed at Four Town Buildings

Wilton’s First Ground-Mounted Solar Power System Makes Debut

The School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province are showing their commitment to ecological responsibility by establishing solar power at their complex on Belden Hill Road in Wilton Connecticut. On December 17, 2018 they turned on their two solar arrays – a 122 kW ground-mounted system (Solar Garden) and a 37 kW roof-mounted system (on top of Lourdes Healthcare Center) – for the first time.

Wilton’s First Ground-Mounted Solar Power System Makes Debut

Parks & Rec Supports Solar Carport Near Pool

The Parks & Recreation Commission unanimously supported a solar carport at its meeting Nov. 14. It would be part of the town’s multi-building clean energy initiative. Solar panels are being considered for the roofs of a number of town-owned buildings, including Town Hall, the Department of Public Works Garage, the New Canaan Nature Center Animal Care Center, Fire Headquarters and Waveny Pool house.

Parks & Rec Supports Solar Carport Near Pool

MHR Receives Stamford 2030 Award

MHR's School Sisters of Notre Dame's project was honored October 16th 2018. MHR provided consulting and project management services to complete a comprehensive energy efficiency project on their 38-acre campus in Wilton, Connecticut. The scope included envelope improvements, high-efficiency LED lighting, modulating steam boilers, water conservation measures, heat destratification, and two planned solar installations and two solar installations.

MHR Receives Stamford 2030 Award

MHR Presented on Webinar: The Tenant's Triumph

When you don’t own your roof, walls, or HVAC system, how can you improve energy efficiency or invest in renewables? The Tenant’s Triumph examines this question through the lenses of behavioral techniques and technical steps companies can employ. On August 17, 2018 MHR teamed up with the Institute for Market Transformation and and the Climate Collaborative to deliver this informative webinar.

MHR Presented on Webinar: The Tenant's Triumph

Town considers solar panels on town buildings

NEW CANAAN — New Canaan could soon join neighboring Wilton and Darien in installing solar panels on town buildings. Town officials are looking at five potential sites for the solar panels — town hall, the public works garage, the Waveny pool house, the fire station and the nature center animal care building.

Town considers solar panels on town buildings

Sisters of Notre Dame install a half-acre of solar panels

You might say the solar array at the School Sisters of Notre Dame was the result of foresight and divine inspiration. “Earlier this month, the Vatican convened a meeting attended by executives from many of the largest global energy companies,” Caelie Haines, communications director for the congregation’s Atlantic-Midwest Province, said in a statement in June.

Sisters of Notre Dame install a half-acre of solar panels

School Sisters of Notre Dame Go Solar with Wilton’s 1st Solar Field

Installers are well on their way to completing Wilton’s first ground-mounted solar system, or solar field, at the School Sisters of Notre Dame‘s (SSND) 38-acre campus on Belden Hill Rd.. This project is the final component of SSND’s comprehensive energy project, and encompasses efforts to increase energy efficiency, reduce operational costs and generate renewable energy.

School Sisters of Notre Dame Go Solar with Wilton’s 1st Solar Field

Five Town buildings may go solar; Video: why time is now

New Canaan may soon be reaping energy savings by having solar panels installed on five town buildings: Town Hall, Fire Station, Transfer Station, Waveny Pool House, and the Nature Center. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan apprised his fellow selectmen on Tuesday, May 22, that he plans to sign an agreement with MHR Development to devise a plan.

Five Town buildings may go solar; Video: why time is now

Wilton Among State Leaders in Solar Technology

WILTON — When Wilton’s first large-scale solar arrays went live on Monday, it marked more than a big moment for the town; project leaders hope it will mark a turning point for the entire state. The activation of solar panels at Middlebrook and Miller-Driscoll schools was the culmination of approximately two years of work for town officials, and they aren’t done yet.

Wilton Among State Leaders in Solar Technology

School Solar Panels are Energized

"The solar panels on the roofs of Miller-Driscoll and Middlebrook schools are just one step away from being put into service. Their installation has been approved by the town building inspector and Eversource gave permission for them to be energized on March 2."

School Solar Panels are Energized

MHR to Host Panel at Grace Farm's RCSD

MHR hosted a panel at the annual Regional Conference for Sustainable Development.

MHR to Host Panel at Grace Farm's RCSD

Solar Project Now Includes High School

"The ambitious solar project that could save the town $2.3 million over the next 20 years grew a bit August 15 when the Board of Selectmen approved a reimbursable deposit to include Wilton High School in the plan. The selectman at their meeting in town hall authorized a town check of $4,268 to be paid to Eversource, the power company, as a deposit on the system of more than 100 panels that will be built on the roof of the high school and the field house."

Solar Project Now Includes High School

Earthplace Mentioned in "First Selectman Jim Marpe Renews Westport's Commitment to Environmental Responsibility"

"Westport, Conn. -- First Selectman Jim Marpe announced that he has joined over 1,200 U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, universities, and others pledging the town to meet and exceed the goals of the Paris climate agreement. This specific pledge is sponsored by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Cities organization, which the Town of Westport has been working with since 2015 to benchmark it carbon emissions."

Earthplace Mentioned in "First Selectman Jim Marpe Renews Westport's Commitment to Environmental Responsibility"

Wilton Hires Consultant to Oversee Solar Installations

"The Wilton Energy Commission is moving forward with the installation of solar panels at select schools around town after agreeing to hire a 'solar expert' to aid in the 'complicated' process, Chairperson Debra Van-Thompson said. After considering up to seven firms for the role, the Energy Commission selected MHR Development, a local development firm that specializes in solar consulting. Mark Robbins, a principle at MHR, already has a working relationship with members of the Energy Commission."

Wilton Hires Consultant to Oversee Solar Installations

Wilton Schools to go Solar? Selectman Hire Consultant to Proceed with Energy Panel Idea

"The Wilton Energy Commission is looking to install solar panels on top of Miller-Driscoll School, Middlebrook School, and Wilton High School next summer as part of its new Municipal Solar Project. At its December 19 meeting, the Board of Selectman approved the hiring of New Canaan-based clean energy development consultant MHR Development to help find and manage a vendor for the project."

Wilton Schools to go Solar? Selectman Hire Consultant to Proceed with Energy Panel Idea

Columbia Manufacturing Unveils Energy Efficiency Upgrades

"Columbia Manufacturing recently teamed up with Eversource and MHR Development, LLC to identify operational inefficiencies and complete a number of energy efficiency improvements. As a result of the upgrades, the company is expected to save more than $31,000 in annual energy cost savings, year-after-year for the lifetime of the improvements. Since 1980, the Columbia, Connecticut-based manufacturer has provided CNC machining of components, sheet metal, and machined fabrications for the aircraft..."

Columbia Manufacturing Unveils Energy Efficiency Upgrades

School Sisters of Notre Dame Going Solar

"The School Sisters of Notre Dame are going solar. 'We don't have enough space to generate all the electricity we need, but we'll be able to reduce our electric bill,' said Alice Pisani, administrator of campus operations at the large complex on Belden Hill Road. The convent has been operating in Wilton since 1961. It houses 95 women religious plus another 40 at the Lourdes Health Care Center on 38 acres, in five buildings in a style of architecture they describe as 1950s modern."

School Sisters of Notre Dame Going Solar

Wilton Schools Get 'ok' to Pursue Solar Future

"Flying cars, hoverboards, teleportation - when people think of the future, these are a few of the images conjured. While none of these technologies seem particularly imminent, one of the energy sources of tomorrow may soon feature a prominent role in the town's future. During a special meeting on Tuesday evening, the Board of Selectman unanimously voted in favor of posting the $9,680 performance assurance bond meant to secure the two medium-sized Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit (ZREC) that makes the solar transition possible for Miller-Driscoll and Middlebrook schools."

Wilton Schools Get 'ok' to Pursue Solar Future

Energy Conservation Measures will Save the Niantic Community Church over $100,000

"The idea of implementing energy upgrades at the Niantic Community Church, in order to show environmental responsibility while saving money, began in 2013. Angela Lomanto learned about financing opportunities for green energy upgrades with the Connecticut Green Bank. She brought the information for cost savings to the senior church leadership. An ad hoc committee was formed in early 2014 to study proposals on energy upgrades and how they could benefit the church..."

Energy Conservation Measures will Save the Niantic Community Church over $100,000

Niantic Community Church Installs Conservation Equipment through Green Bank Program

"Niantic Community Church has installed energy conservation equipment including new windows in the sanctuary, energy-efficient lighting throughout the building, lighting controls, and a 26kW solar PV system, using the Connecticut Green Bank's Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program. Financing for 100 percent of the project was made possible through the program, Connecticut Green Bank announced Tuesday."

Niantic Community Church Installs Conservation Equipment through Green Bank Program

Earthplace in Westport Makes Upgrades as Part of Sustainability Plan

"Earthplace, the Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center in Westport, has secured financing and is nearing completion of Phase II of an ambitious enterprise sustainability plan. This latest upgrade, part of a multi-year effort, positions Earthplace as a regional energy conservation showcase for its 23,000 square-foot facility located on a 62-acre nature sanctuary in Westport. While the first phase - completed in 2012 - focused on improving the energy efficiency of the building and installing the first 12w of solar..."

Earthplace in Westport Makes Upgrades as Part of Sustainability Plan

Bridgeport Innovation Center Home to Massive Solar Energy Installation

"The home of one of Bridgeport's largest jobs generators is fighting red with green! Solar panels are currently being installed on nearly 28,000 square feet of roof at the Bridgeport Innovation Center. The small business incubator is home to 160 small start-up businesses on its 10-acre, 300,000-square-foot campus. Sam Pierpont says, "Our progress is thanks to generous and innovative financing from the State of Connecticut's Green Bank C-PACE program and Z-REC tax credits. We had a number of talented teammates on this project: Mark Robbins of MHR Development,..."

Bridgeport Innovation Center Home to Massive Solar Energy Installation

Earthplace Shines Light on 'Green'; Energy Upgrades

"A haven for nature enthusiasts since it was established in 1958, Earthplace is spearheading an initiative to increase Westport's environmental sustainability through a clean energy upgrade. In the second phase of a multi-year project, the nature center added 32kW of solar, heating system upgrades, and LED lighting. The new measures are expected to result in a carbon footprint reduction of 40 tons per year, save 1,742 gallons yearly of heating oil, reduce grid electrical power 65 percent can cut particulate emissions by 40 percent."

Earthplace Shines Light on 'Green'; Energy Upgrades

Earthplace Makes Clean Energy Upgrade

"The nature sanctuary and learning center Earthplace has secured financing and is nearing completion of the second phase of their ambitious enterprise sustainability plan. The latest upgrade, part of a multi-year effort, positions Earthplace as a regional energy conservation showcase for its 23,000-square-foot facility situated on a 62-acre nature sanctuary on Woodside Lane in Westport. 'We are very excited about these upgrades to our facility as we look to create an energy conservation showcase,' said Tony McDowell..."

Earthplace Makes Clean Energy Upgrade

The Village Green: Windermere on the Lake takes a Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development and Sets a Higher Bar for Community Planning

"Don't call Windermere on the Lake a subdivision. In fact, with its single point of entry and dead-ended main arterial street, it breaks every rule in the traffic management handbook - and its creators wouldn't have it any other way. 'The site is a natural extension of what already exists in the surrounding community,' says developer Mark Robbins of the historic Long Ridge neighborhood of Stamford, Connecticut.

The Village Green: Windermere on the Lake takes a Holistic Approach to Sustainable Development and Sets a Higher Bar for Community Planning

Ask the Expert: Mark Robbins, President of the NRDC-Residential

"In this issue of The Modern Estate, our guest columnist is Mark H. Robbins, president of the residential division of the National Realty and Development Corp., and a managing director at the company based in Purchase, New York. Recently, one of four house styles at Windermere on the Lake, NRDC's 24-luxury-homes "eco-village" in Stamford, Connecticut - received LEED for Homes certification from the United States Green Building Council. This house was designed by Bartels-Pagliaro Architects, LLC, of Norwalk, Connecticut."

Ask the Expert: Mark Robbins, President of the NRDC-Residential

Windermere on the Lake Recieves Six HOBI Awards for Green Energy Efficiency

"Windermere on the Lake, a new "eco-village" featuring one of the northeast's first luxury LEED certified home, has won six HOBI awards from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut for its outstanding architectural design and innovative use of green technologies. Windermere on the Lake won in the following six categories: Best Energy-Efficient Green Home, Best Energy-Efficient Green Community, Best Detached Home over 3,000 s/f,..."

Windermere on the Lake Recieves Six HOBI Awards for Green Energy Efficiency

Eco-Village Wins Six HOBI Awards

"Windermere on the Lake, a new eco-village North Stamford featuring the Northeast's first luxury LEED-certified home, has won six HOBI awards from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut for its architectural design and use of state-of-the-art green technologies. 'We are delighted to have received these important awards from Connecticut's leading home building association,' said developer and New Canaan resident Mark. H. Robbins. Windermere won in the following six categories: Best Energy-Efficient Green Home,..."

Eco-Village Wins Six HOBI Awards

Simon Johnson

"Why did you choose landscape architecture? I come from a farming background; the land was very important to us, and i've always loved architecture. I've always been drawn to the relationship between the landscape and the architecture - what works and what doesn't. The principle stimulus was that architectural interest and i've always loved plants and planting. It's been a passion for as long as I can remember. I turned an obsession into a profession. Where did you study? In London at the Chelsea Physic Garden at the English Gardening School."

Simon Johnson

NRDC Brings Home First LEED Home Certification in Northeast

"The residential division of National Realty & Development Corp. has received LEED for Homes certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the sustainable land use design and green technologies featured at Windermere on the Lake, a new luxury eco-village the company is developing in North Stamford, Connecticut. Windermere on the Lake's Cumbria model residence is the first luxury home in the Northeast to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification."

NRDC Brings Home First LEED Home Certification in Northeast

Local LEEDs Building Trend

"Just how 'green' can an 8,000-square foot luxury home, complete with movie theater and wine cellar, actually be? The answer: green enough to be the first house in Fairfield County certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program - a vigorous third-party evaluation process that encourages building to minimize waste, local and sustainable sourcing of materials, as well as all-around efficiency. That title belongs to Cumbria, the first model home at Windermere on the Lake in North Stamford..."

Local LEEDs Building Trend

Local Man Takes 'LEED' on Luxury Department

"A large home that's certifiably energy efficient - it might sound like a contradiction, but its being done at Windermere on the Lake, New Canaanite Mark Robbins is the developer overseeing the project. A nearly 8,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home has earned certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. It is the first LEED-certified home in Windermere, but it shouldn't be the last. Twenty-three more luxury 'green' houses are planned for the 74-acre conservation development..."

Local Man Takes 'LEED' on Luxury Department

Open Invitation

"Emulating late 19th-century English Arts and Crafts design, this foyer welcomes guest to the Cumbria model at Windermere on the Lake in Stamford, Connecticut. An interior window flanks the staircase, drawing light from the adjacent family room into the triple-height foyer. All the homes at Windermere have extensive bays of casement windows that capture views of the park-like surroundings. For inspiration, architect Roger Bartels looked to the work of C.F.A. Voysey, a leading architect of the Arts and Crafts movement in England."

Open Invitation

'Green' More Than a Slogan: Building Standards Expensive, But Demand Continues to Grow

"Building green requires more than a few solar panels. At its most elaborate, it's a process that starts well before a hammer even hits a nail, when architects, builders, and developers choose the materials, mechanicals, and placement of a building to maximize energy efficiency while minimizing its impact on the environment. There's even a system - Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Green Building Rating System - to measure a building's green-ness."

'Green' More Than a Slogan: Building Standards Expensive, But Demand Continues to Grow

Life Behind the Gates: Windermere on the Lake's 24 Homes will Redefine Luxury in North Stamford

"Windermere on the Lake off Erskine Road in North Stamford has its first model home on the market for $3.2 million, and more are under way. The 74 acres of land will ultimately host 24 semi-custom homes in a residential design district. The property showcases a 6-acre lake, several ponds, and extensive woodlands and meadows. Of the land, 25 acres will be donated to the Stamford Land Conservation Trust..."

Life Behind the Gates: Windermere on the Lake's 24 Homes will Redefine Luxury in North Stamford

Beside the Lake, Beneath the Trees

"William Wordsworth was inspired to write his famous poem “I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud” by a great belt of blooming daffodils that he came upon while walking in the bucolic Lake District of England. Many artists and writers over the centuries have been moved by the same rolling landscape, and the blueprint for Windermere on the Lake in North Stamford, Connecticut, was similarly inspired by this picturesque area. England’s Lake District is a cluster of villages well-known for their Arts and Crafts style of architecture and integrated landscape."

Beside the Lake, Beneath the Trees

Making a Fresh Start: Lake Community Offers Eco-Friendly Mansions

"Etta Kantor and her husband, Nate, are going for the gold. No, they aren't training for the Olympics. They're hoping to get Gold LEED certification for their under-construction, $1.5 million, four-bedroom, 41⁄2-bath Adirondack- style house in New Canaan, Conn. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a national voluntary rating system that recognizes energy-efficient, healthy homes. Some 500 newly constructed homes nationwide have been LEED-certified, and another 11,400 are awaiting designation."

Making a Fresh Start: Lake Community Offers Eco-Friendly Mansions

How 'Green' Can a Huge House Be

"The steeply sloped cedar-shingled roof of the model home at Windermere on the Lake shelters roughly 7,000 square feet of living space, a respectable amount of room in this privileged suburban corridor between Pound Ridge, N.Y., and Darien. The house has five bedrooms and four baths, as well as fancy features like a home theater, wine cellar and mirrored exercise room. It is the first of 24 homes planned for a development named after an area in the English Lake District, and built in a style meant to evoke 19th-century English country houses."

How 'Green' Can a Huge House Be

Developer Will Rent Space in Old Town Hall

"After years of debate and planning about the future of the vacant Old Town Hall, the city has secured a tenant for the century-old landmark, officials confirmed yesterday. National Realty and Development Corp,. a developer and owner of retail, office, and residential real estate, and owner of the Lord & Taylor and Linens & Things retail chains, will have about 80 employees in the Beaux Arts building in spring 2009, Economic Development Director Michael Freimuth said yesterday. That will require completion of a $16 million renovation and addition."

Developer Will Rent Space in Old Town Hall

Plans for Big Condo Project in Norwalk

"Tapping into a seemingly inexhaustible Fairfield County condo market, Fairfield Residential L.L.C., a company based in Dallas and San Diego with a portfolio of 147 joint ventures worth $1.2 billion, has proposed what would be the largest condominium development in Norwalk. It is to be situated at the Norwalk-Westport line and has tentatively been named Fairfield Green. The developer specializes in master-planned communities in upscale suburbs from the Southwest to the Northeast. Prices in Norwalk would range from $500,000 to $1.5 million."

Plans for Big Condo Project in Norwalk

Earth Day 2018: MHR Spoke at Qunnipiac University

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MHR Featured by Clean Energy Business Network

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