Greenskies to Build Solar Energy Plants at 5 Connecticut Landfills
March 30, 2015
Middletown, CT – Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, a Middletown-based solar energy company, said today it expects to complete the installation of five photovoltaic solar projects at five different Connecticut landfills by the end of the year.
Each of the solar arrays will be a fully ballasted, ground-mounted system designed to protect the existing landfill caps and leave them undisturbed, said James Desantos, Greenskies’ vice president of business development and government relations.
Collectively, the five arrays will produce about 4.9 megawatts of clean electric energy, he said.
The five landfill projects include an 809-kilowatt installation in Ansonia, a 1.4-megawatt array in Clinton, a 1.3-megawatt installation in Fairfield, a 1.1-megawatt system in Meriden and a 311-kilowatt solar array in North Haven.
Under the power-purchase agreements Greenskies has entered with each town, the company will design, develop, finance, own and maintain each of the solar installations for the next 20 years while the respective municipalities agree to purchase 100 percent of the electricity produced at the sites at a fixed and significantly discounted rate.
The electric power generated at the Meriden and North Haven sites will be used to power the municipalities’ on-site water treatment facilities, while the power generated at the Fairfield site will power an adjacent water treatment facility, Desantos said.
The Clinton solar array will be a virtual net-metered site that will distribute power to between five and 10 municipal sites throughout the community, while distribution plans for the electricity generated at the Ansonia location have yet to be determined.
Greenskies hopes to complete all five projects by the end of 2015, Desantos said.
Greenskies is a 7-year-old company that designs, builds and maintains solar photovoltaic systems for corporate and retail clients, municipalities and government agencies, educational institutions and utilities throughout the United States. Solar installations designed and built by Greenskies have now produced more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electric power.