The family-owned business is now powering its shop at 12 Largo Drive South in the city’s Springdale section with a rooftop solar photovoltaic system. The new installation is estimated to save the business more than $20,000 a year on its electricity costs.
“Going green with our new solar system takes some of the pressure off our business by giving us lower energy costs,” co-owner Maria DiMare said in a statement. “We’re proud to be doing the right thing for the environment too. We want to keep baking, delighting our customers and continuing on as a longstanding partner with the towns we serve.”
The 75.8-kilowatt system was financed through the Connecticut Green Bank’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which allows property owners to immediately take advantage of energy upgrades and pay for them over time alongside their property taxes.
“Financing these types of projects with C-PACE gives small business owners more control over their energy costs by both lowering and making them more predictable,” Mackey Dykes, the Connecticut Green Bank’s vice president of financing programs, said in a statement.
Port Chester, N.Y.-based 64 Solar installed DiMare’s system.
DiMare has remained open throughout the coronavirus crisis. In addition to its regular operations, it says it has been delivering donations to workers at Stamford Hospital.
Ugo and Bice DiMare opened their Greenwich shop in 1976, and it operates today at 1245 E. Putnam Ave., in the town’s Riverside section. The Stamford shop opened in 1997.
Three generations — including Ugo and Bice’s daughters, Maria and Sabrina, and a granddaughter, Brittany — now run the shops.