" 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.
Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, VP Jonathan Duncklee, and Founder/President Les Duncklee
An undaunted Jonathan Duncklee
was smiling and greeting people.
"We earned this celebration, and no thunder and rain is going to keep us from enjoying ourselves," he
said as he
stood just inside his
building, where all of the warehouse garage style doors were open.
"My father's vision has always been to provide customers with premier installation design and specialized customer service," shared Jonathan
, who has been slowly guiding the business's growth over the past few years.
had worked with his
father on weekends, during school vacations and over the summers learning the trade from the ground up.
The company's upward movement began the turnaround recognized this past year when Jonathan
was named Employer of the Year by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
credits the turnaround on the caliber of his
employees, the support of his
distributors and suppliers, and his
strong connection to the community.
has been involved on a variety of boards such as Big Brothers-Big Sisters
and with projects such as the Hygienic Art Park
in New London and Coogan Farm in Mystic.
"And I join in supporting one of my vendors, Luxaire Heating and Air Conditioning, who is extremely involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation
has made some changes to the company's product lines for both personal and professional reasons.
"I have always believed in staying on top of the latest technological changes in cooling and heating products," Jonathan
"It is my job as a small businessman to make sure our customer service and products that we offer are the best we can possibly offer."
has seen changes in his
customer demands with an increase in air conditioning, considered a rare year-round luxury in the 1970s, and the increase in doing business on the Internet.
Also at the event were his
primary distributor, ABCO HVACR Supply & Solutions with information on the latest equipment that Duncklee
They were a huge part of the event, helping with planning and providing support creating the gift bags.
"ABCO, our distributor and supplier, is like a part of our business family, offering us supporting services with marketing, engineering support and training," Duncklee
Duncklee Cooling & Heating
offers custom design, installation and service of residential and commercial heating and cooling HVAC systems, and provides the latest in technology available, such as ductless central air conditioning and heat pumps, hybrid/dual fuel cooling and heating systems, geothermal heat pumps, boilers, and tankless water heaters, and offers superior service on all brands.
"And we plan on staying around for a long time," said Jonathan
"See you at our next decade's celebration!"
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.