" Jonathan Duncklee
named 2012 Employer of the Year
by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce!"
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Also, a scholarship fund has been established for students interested in HVAC technical education, to be in place in the 2014-2015 school year, working with Norwich Tech, Stonington High School, and New England Tech, "to help young people interested in going into this type of career, all consistent with Les's principles, to continue his work helping others," said Jonathan Duncklee, who took over as president upon his father's death.
The Day, January 4, 2014 - Jonathan Duncklee
admits that Connecticut's Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program may not be for everyone, but with patience and perseverance and an eye on the future, his
heating and cooling business has been able to save between $200 and $500 a month on energy costs, he
The so-called Small ZREC Program used by Duncklee
offers businesses served by Connecticut Light & Power Co. or United Illuminating Co.
the chance to go solar while saving money on electricity costs.
What's more, the program, overseen by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, guarantees that excess clean-power output can be sold back to the grid, turning the money drain that businesses traditionally see in energy costs into a potential money maker.
"I get paid for every (kilowatt) hour produced," Duncklee
Still, Duncklee, vice president of Duncklee Cooling & Heating, admits to not yet seeing a dime because of all the paperwork before the program is fully up and running.
"I'm at the cutting edge, so we're kind of educating each other," he
said of the process.
"It's so complex."
, who got involved in the first year of the program, had Bonner Electric
of Norwich install an 80-foot by 20-foot photovoltaic solar array on the roof of his
Taugwonk Road business last spring after being approved for the program earlier in the year.
The full payback for his
initial investment in the solar array, taking into account federal tax credits, is five years, he
said, and CL&P
is contractually committed to buying the energy he
produces for 15 years.
"You're getting a 15-year payment stream," Duncklee
"I sell high-efficiency products.
I might as well be efficient and clean with my own business."
last monthly electrical bill was for $77, far less than many residential customers pay.
added that his
cost savings vary depending on the time of the year, estimating that during the winter it might be only $200 but during the sunnier months it could be up to $500.
Jonathan Duncklee, Duncklee Cooling & Heating in Stonington, is one of those who practice what they preach, especially about 'going green'.
"Every day, we need to be environmentally conscious," he
"And it is encouraging to see that our state government has begun providing positive incentives for both residents and businesses over the past few years."
heard about the state of CT's Small ZREC Program a couple of years ago, he
decided to jump on it, and called Bonner Electric
, stays on top of the latest in energy news both personally and professionally, told Brian Bonner, "I want to do this.
"More and more businesses are trimming costs by looking deeply at how they use energy, and the state of CT was offering me a chance to reduce upfront costs and affordable financing, but I had to move fast," shares Duncklee
Once reviewing the programs, i.e Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit (ZREC) for solar, wind and small hydro, and decide on which would be the best investment for a commercial entity, Duncklee needed to do some investing in an engineering analysis (within a short time period) to determine load capability for the solar equipment, so that he would have a site analysis preapproval, a needs letter and cost analysis.
program creates a market-driven bidding process for projects to compete to obtain a 15-year revenue stream from the sale of RECs to the electric utilities.
When this was done, the initial program he
was looking at (DG program) was phased out, and he
looked to do the ZREC
program, which had a better return on his
Although there was an initial investment to apply (with no guarantees of being selected), Duncklee
was committed to proceed with the project.
"The payback a few years down the road is phenomenal for a business like us," says Duncklee
"And we have worked with Bonner Electric
before and trust their capabilities to work with us from the application process through to completion of the construction.
Both businesses began back in the 70's, when there was a lot more manufacturing industry in eastern CT.
The close relationship began with the company founders, Jonathan's
father Les Duncklee and Brian's father Joseph Bonner.
"I have always believed in staying on top of the latest technological changes in cooling and heating products," says Jonathan
"Jonathan and Brian epitomize the best in our small businesses," said State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington), Vice Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly's Environment Committee.
Jonathan Duncklee, vice president of Duncklee Cooling & Heating in Stonington, is seen with his 8-week-old puppy, Jessie, who will accompany him to work.
Stonington, CT - For Jonathan Duncklee
, the upcoming 40th anniversary of a second-generation heating and cooling business is all about embracing new technology.
"We have had to keep up with technology over time," Duncklee
was among the first to embrace ductless heating and cooling, and the company is looking to install a solar-electric system in its own 6,400-square-foot facility off Taugwonk Road.
Jonathan Duncklee of Duncklee Cooling and Heating in Stonington received the Edward O. McCabe 2012 Employer of the Year at the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Silent Auction and Annual Dinner held in December.
and Heating services an area from Old Saybrook eastward through southwestern Rhode Island.
This recognition comes to Duncklee as a result of his outstanding relationship with his employees, and his dedication as a leader both at work and with Hygienic Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Garde Arts Center, the Eugene O'Neill Theater, MASH, Hospice of SECT and most recently The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Campaign to Preserve Coogan Farm.
Jonathan Duncklee, vice president, represented the company at the ceremony.
Les and Jonathan Duncklee of Duncklee, Inc have earned, for the fourth consecutive year, the highest
Stonington - Les and Jonathan Duncklee of Duncklee Inc. have earned for the third consecutive
Jonathan Duncklee, Vice President of Duncklee, Inc., addressed members of SECT and Mystic
pointed out that "Duncklee, Inc
is the largest Mitsubishi dealer in New England and upper New
To solve the museum's comfort needs, Duncklee
installed a ductless system for the first floor and a ducted system for the second floor offices, library, and meeting hall.