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NEWTOWN MUNICIPAL SOLAR INSTALLATIONS
NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Launch date: May 2013 Size: 179kW, Annual Power Production: 204,948 kWh
Installed by Sound Solar Systems and financed through a Power Purchase Agreement with Altus Power Management. When it was decided that the Middle School was going to need a new roof, members of the Sustainable Energy Commission requested that it be designed to support solar panels in the future and this was agreed to by the Public Building and Site Committee. System supplies approximately 33% of the power used by the school.
WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT
Launch Date: Sept. 2012, Size: 95 kW, Annual Power Production: 134,000 kWh
Installed by OPEL Solar Inc., of Shelton. System is owned by the town and the $480,000 cost was mostly covered by a $325,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The proposal for the grant was ?the best of the best submitted for grant funding? according to a representative of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. Power produced by the system covers approximately 33% of the total energy used at this location.
NEWTOWN PARKS AND RECREATION GARAGE
Launch Date: Dec. 2014, Size: 100 kW, Annual Power Production 117,700 kWh
NEWTOWN ANIMAL SHELTER
Launch Date: Dec. 2014 Size: 14 kW, Annual Power Production: 17,281 kWh
Installed by Sound Solar Systems and financed through a Power Purchase Agreement with Star Power, LLC
JOHN REED INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Launch date: June 2009 @ 5 kW & Sept. 2013 @ 5kW Annual Power Production est. 12,000 kWh
This was the first municipal solar installation in Newtown. The panels were earned through the Clean Energy Options program managed by what was then the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. Points were earned when residents signed up to purchase clean energy on their electric bills and when enough points were earned the town became eligible for the free panels. Although this system now seems small compared to what has been installed since then ? it will always be special since it was our first milestone.
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