Glastonbury To Install Solar Panels At Town Facilities To Cut Electricity Costs

August 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

 Follow Your Town News On The Courant’s Glastonbury Facebook Page

The Hartford Courant

3:54 p.m. EDT, August 9, 2012

The town is hoping a little sunshine will help reduce its yearly electricity costs.

Over the coming months, the town and the Rocky Hill firm SolarCity will team up to install solar panels at town hall, the wastewater treatment plant, the highway garage and at Glastonbury High School. The locations were selected because they are the highest users of electricity.

SolarCity will install and operate the panel arrays. SolarCity will finance the project by using grants and energy credits. The town will purchase electricity for the buildings, and SolarCity will sell excess electricity generated to Connecticut Light Power.

“There is a balance,” said Brent Eskay of SolarCity. “There’s the price the town is willing to pay as a town for power. There is a cost to build it and finance it, which is our job. We may not make money on the construction, but we will make it later on the power sale.”

Town Manager Richard J. Johnson said he expects annual savings in year one to be $73,533. He said the panels are expected to be operational by early 2013.

“I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this proposal,” Councilman Thomas P. Gullotta said. “This is the way of the future.”

The panels will be installed on the roofs of the high school, wastewater treatment facility and highway garage. The panels for town hall will be located at ground level to the northwest of the softball field and west of the skateboard park.

Eskay said his company has placed several arrays near athletic fields at 8 to10 sites nationwide. The panels can withstand winds up to 140 mph and golf-ball sized hail. He said mesh nets could be added to a high fence around the field to help protect them from wayward balls.

“Initially, we would have to wait and see what happened,” he said of the potential of softballs hitting the array from the often-used field.

Future plans call for connecting solar panels to the parks maintenance building, other school buildings and at Fire Company No. 1.

« Previous Story

More Glastonbury News – Glastonbury Real Estate, Events More

Next Story »

Free newsletters! Sign up for Breaking News, Huskies, Weekender, Midday Business and more.

LocalVox NearSay MarketplaceEnhance your Online Marketing with MyTowns Marketplace

Visit Eastern Connecticut Restaurants, Retailers and Events

Comments are closed.