Tolli’s Apizza | La Pergola

Retail: Main Street Solar

A Main Street business such as an Italian restaurant or pizza shop is an expected find among most downtown storefronts, but what’s unexpected is that the wood fired pizza restaurant is powered by a 30kW solar array on its roof.  For 63 years East Haven Ct. has been home to the Peluso family and its restaurants. All the while, the community has benefited from the convenience of a casual gathering place and from years of little league sponsorships and the like, but business in Connecticut is expensive. Aiming to reduce one of his largest operating expenses – electricity –  owner, Anthony Peluso elected to finance and install solar using C-PACE financing after deploying several energy efficiency measures on the property during prior renovations. Projects such as this are recommended for exploration with Nuveen Green Capital by both the Connecticut Main Street Center and Main Street America.

Property Summary

406 Main Street, East Haven Ct is located in the heart of a bustling downtown.  Tolli’s Apizza and La Pergola, is a bisected restaurant (one half casual pizza and one half fine Italian) with a common kitchen that has been family owned and operated for three generations and more than 63 years at the present site.


Earthlight Technologies is a family owned and operated business based in Ellington CT. The firm performs both residential and commercial solar installations as well as efficiency projects. The project at 406 Main St was lead by Bob Bovee. 

"We wouldn’t be able to do this without the C-PACE program and Nuveen Green Capital."

– Anthony Peluso, Owner, Tolli’s Apizza | La Pergola

Roof repair wrapped into 100% financing

30 kW solar array

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