Greenskies completes 1-MW solar portfolio for Connecticut town

Solar Power World | Kelsey Misbrener
January 4, 2022

Greenskies Clean Focus has completed the installation of four solar energy systems totaling approximately 1-MW in the Town of Killingly, Connecticut. Greenskies worked closely with Titan Energy, a local energy consultancy, to determine the town and school buildings with the best solar potential.

The company installed solar panels on rooftops at the Killingly Highway Department building (66 kW) and Killingly High School (332 kW). Greenskies also installed a ground-mounted array at Killingly Intermediate School (310 kW) and a solar carport canopy at the Killingly School District Administrative building (310 kW).

“We’re pleased that these projects will help reduce Killingly’s carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels,” said Robert Angeli, Superintendent of Killingly Public Schools. “These solar installations are a win-win. They demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy to our entire community. We’re helping the environment and saving the town money.”

Rather than purchase the solar equipment directly, the Town of Killingly, in conjunction with the Killingly Board of Education, entered into PPAs with Greenskies Clean Focus. Under the contract, Greenskies developed, constructed and will operate and maintain the systems, and Clean Focus provided financing and will own the systems. Killingly will purchase the electricity generated at a low, fixed-rate for the term, resulting in both immediate and projected long-term cost savings.

“Greenskies is proud of the steps the Town of Killingly and Killingly Board of Education have taken to implement renewable energy with these solar projects. The resulting energy cost savings from these projects will benefit the entire Town for many years to come,” said Stanley Chin, president and CEO of Greenskies. “We look forward to a continued presence in Killingly over the lifetime of our projects together.”

Greenskies is working on additional ground-mounted projects for the High School (1 MW) and Intermediate School (337 kW), along with another carport structure at Killingly Central School (130 kW). These additional projects will more than double the solar capacity for Killingly, increasing their environmental offsets and savings.