Greenskies Renewable Energy completes third project for Conn. towns
Greenskies Renewable Energy, a Clean Focus company, has completed it’s third photovoltaic project in Connecticut. The 137-kilowatt solar panel array will generate solar electricity for the Sprague wastewater treatment facility. The solar project is going to provide 80% of the power needed to operate the facility. It is located on aproperty adjecent to the facility. Greenskies designed and installed 378 Neo Solar Power PV panels with a fixed tilt ground mounted system. This new solar array is projected to offset 3.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide during it’s lifespan.
“Solar projects at municipal water treatment plants help local governments such as Sprague meet their sustainability and cost reduction goals,” said Catherine A. Osten, first selectman of Sprague. “I am excited that this project is complete and Greenskies has been a great partner in this project.”
Wastewater treatment plants tend to be among the largest consumers of electricity in a municipality. They comprise up to 40% of the total operating cost of the town. As much as 4% of all energy use in the United States goes to public drinking water and wastewater services, This is according to the United States EPA (LINK).
Greenskies has expanded its municipal solar portfolio into one of the largest in the Northeast.
As a partner for many Connecticut municipal solar projects, Greenskies currently operates solar installations for more than 1/3 of all the towns in Connecticut. In addition to the Sprague project, Greenskies also completed solar projects for Middletown and Ledyard’s wastewater treatment plants. Greenskies will own, operate and maintain the solar array under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
“We are pleased to help municipalities reduce electricity costs to meet budget goals and serve their constituents,” said Stanley Chin, president and CEO of Greenskies and Clean Focus Group. “[The company is] look forward to a long relationship with the town of Sprague over the lifetime of the project. We will provide the plant with leading-edge technology and service to help the project operate at peak performance and deliver maximum savings.”