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Shelton Man Wants to Power Berlin With Solar Energy

The Trumbull native is hoping to bring his business to Berlin and other locations in the tri-state area.

Chris Stapleton. (Credit: Aaron Leo)
Chris Stapleton. (Credit: Aaron Leo)
By Patch Local Editor Aaron Leo.

For Chris Stapleton, Trumbull is just the beginning - and Berlin might be next.

The Shelton resident recently opened a storefront in Trumbull Center for his 5-year-old business, catchinraysusa.com. His company deals with the entire process, from sales to installation to maintenance. And now Stapleton has his eyes set on Berlin, hoping to use solar energy to help power the town.

Stapleton, a Trumbull native, started his own company five years ago after working for other solar panel companies.

"I liked the tech first. Then I followed the money," Stapleton said. He added that he hopes the new office, at 922 White Plains Road, will the first of several storefront offices in the tri-state area. Eventually he wants to take the company public.

Stapleton does residential work in Massachusetts, Connecticut  and New York, and commercial work in Vermont and New Hampshire. 

"We are a full service, one-stop residential solar company commissioning, installing and maintaining it for 25 years," Stapleton said.

Electricity from his panels costs about $3.80 a watt, he estimated. Users need the Internet to make sure their panels are working to their full potential.

CatchinRays Solar offers "competitive pricing and higher quality warranty and equipment package," according to Stapleton. 

"I'm really excited about being in the Trumbull marketplace. The town of Trumbull is good with south-facing homes," the businessowner said. He explained that panels get the most sun exposure in this hemisphere from the south.

If a south-facing roof is not available, he can mount the panels on the ground. "We're willing to go the extra mile," Stapleton said.

In addition to offering the panels, Stapleton said he is creating jobs. In particular, he needs inside and outside salespeople and office staff. Anyone interested should call the office or send an email to info@catchinrayssolarusa.com.

— Jason Vallee contributed to this report.

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Christine January 09, 2014 at 08:14 AM
This requires Internet to be sure the panels are working? That alone concerns me! Cox, Comcast, AT&T DSL, Uverse and any random dish service have all been very problematic and unreliable! And these folks want to connect my heat to that system? I have a problem w that.
Redcoat January 09, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Seems like the rest of the world is figuring out that the subsidies for "clean energy" from the government always run out... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/world/europe/spains-solar-pullback-threatens-pocketbooks.html?ref=science&_r=0
Redcoat January 09, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Before anyone invests in solar panels, be informed. without subsidies, it can not compete in the open market. William Tucker explains this very well... "What that means is that the only practical way to produce more solar energy is to build bigger and bigger projects. It now takes a facility of about 20 square miles to produce 1000 megawatts -- the same output as a large coal or nuclear plant. The Department of Interior is talking about covering 400 square miles of Western desert with solar collectors to produce the output of about ten reactors. We'll see what the environmentalists have to say about that. All this works in America because we have lots of empty space, but it is not likely to work in densely populated areas. There is always the possibility of rooftops. This has potential, particularly since solar peaks at the right time, on hot summer days when air conditioning strains the grid. Solar could be very useful in helping utilities meet the perennial problem of supplying peak demand. But all this is not going to be cheap. However prices may be dropping, they are not going to follow any exponential path. Solar electricity is now three times as expensive as nuclear and five times the price of gas. Even if it becomes competitive, it is only available one-quarter of the time. It won't be replacing nuclear, gas, or coal any time soon." http://spectator.org/articles/36579/paul-krugman-flunks-moores-law
Redcoat January 09, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Are we living in the great solar swindle era? http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/the_solar_swindle.html
Donna Revoir Rampone January 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Solar is the way to go. I have it at my home now for about a year. Between the federal aid and tax discounts, it is a win win situation. My system was done by SOLARCITY. Their service was just amazing. Installation, hook-up and cleanup upon completion was perfect. Their phone number is; 1-888-765-2489. The email is; pmahoney@solarcity.com

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