Glastonbury, Connecticut set to save $967,000 via four solar arrays (three at schools)
Solar Builder | Staff
The Town of Glastonbury, Conn., recently added another 645 kW of renewable energy when Greenskies Clean Energy energized four solar arrays at municipal buildings throughout town. Greenskies installed solar panels on rooftops at three schools, 201 kW at Buttonball Lane, Hopewell with 239 kW, and 92 kW at Naubuc Elementary Schools as well as 113 kW installed at the Town Hall. In total, the panels will generate more than 765,500 kWh of clean energy annually.
Greenskies was selected to install, operate and maintain the solar arrays as the result of a competitive RFP bid process conducted by the Town. Using a solar PPA, the installations were completed at no upfront cost to the Town, which will also benefit from reduced electricity rates. These four projects alone are expected to save the Town an additional $967,000 in energy costs over the next 20 years.
Greenskies is also installing a solar canopy carport at the Police Department. These raised structures will generate clean energy and provide shade and protection from the weather to visitors and employees alike.
Richard J. Johnson, Glastonbury Town Manager said, “Glastonbury has long embraced alternative energy solutions for cost savings and operational benefits. Transitioning to solar has proven to be a cost-effective approach, and it is consistent with the Town’s longstanding and ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and operations. This recent project is one of many Town efforts to reduce energy costs and implement environmentally-friendly infrastructure at Town-owned facilities.”
According to the US EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator these projects will offset nearly 11,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), or the equivalent of taking 2,300 cars off the road.
“Greenskies is proud to help the Town of Glastonbury implement solar at more properties and realize greater cost savings on their energy use. These savings will no doubt translate into more funds for other important programs and services,” said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Town of Glastonbury for many years to come.”