Greenskies Saves East Haven $1.4 Million with Capped Landfill Solar Array
Project enables the Town to power municipal buildings with green energy, save money on electricity and generate additional income
North Haven, CT (May 26, 2021) – Greenskies Clean Energy LLC ("Greenskies"), a leader in renewable energy solutions, announced the completion of a 1.17 megawatt (MW) solar array for the Town of East Haven, Connecticut. The project, at the capped East Haven Landfill, consists of about 3,000 solar panels and converts approximately 5 acres of otherwise unusable land into a cost-saving and revenue-generating solar farm.
Greenskies is an experienced brownfield solar developer with over 27 MWs of solar landfill projects at 14 sites in Connecticut and Massachusetts. "Solar can help municipalities invest more money into schools and other vital community programs and services. We applaud East Haven for transforming their landfill into a dual-benefit solar installation," said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies. "We look forward to a long relationship with the Town of East Haven over the lifetime of the project."
Through Connecticut's Virtual Net Metering (VNM) program, the Town will credit the energy produced by this solar installation against several town buildings, including East Haven High School, Grove J. Tuttle Elementary School, the town Recreation & Athletic Complex, and Police Department.
"This new solar array is a win-win," said East Haven Mayor Joseph A. Carfora. "We're saving on electricity costs and generating income from under-utilized land. Plus, we're helping build a more sustainable and energy-efficient Town."
The Town of East Haven signed a 20-year lease agreement and a no upfront cost, power purchase agreement (PPA) with Greenskies. Over the next 20 years, the Town will save approximately $1.4 million in electricity costs and generate additional revenue in annual lease payments.
In addition to the financial benefits, this project is expected to generate upwards of 1.64 million kWh of clean, renewable energy every year. Over its lifetime, the project will offset more than 19,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2), or the equivalent of taking more than 4,275 cars off the road. (Source: US EPA Greenhouse Gas Calculator)
About Greenskies Clean Energy
Greenskies Clean Energy along with its sister company, Clean Focus, develop, finance, construct, own, and operate clean, renewable-energy projects in the United States. From beginning to end – origination through construction and then lifetime operation – customers work with a single delivery team. Greenskies offers integrated solar and battery-storage solutions to C&I, municipal, and utility customers, while Clean Focus provides capital and owns the systems. Both Clean Focus and Greenskies were founded in 2009, and they joined JLC Infrastructure as wholly-owned subsidiaries in 2019. Together Clean Focus and Greenskies have constructed and operate over 275 MW of C&I solar projects throughout the country. The combined company was Ranked #1 by Solar Power World in 2019 for cumulative commercial installations.