Kelly Pickerel | Solar Power World
Greenskies Renewable Energy is completing rooftop solar arrays on eleven public schools in New Haven, Connecticut. The solar arrays will enable the City of New Haven to lower its annual electric costs with clean, renewable energy.
Greenskies will provide solar power to Ross Woodward School, Benjamin Jepson School, Mauro-Sheridan School, East Rock School, Clinton Avenue School, Columbus Family Academy, Brennan Rogers School, James Hillhouse High School, Hill Regional Career High School, Wilbur Cross High School, and John S. Martinez School. The aggregate system size across all schools will exceed 1.8 MW and annually offset over 2.5 million pounds of CO2 or the equivalent of taking approximately 280 cars off the street.
“The City of New Haven is proud about this installation of solar arrays, which will more than double its solar generation capacity to 2.8 megawatts,” Mayor Toni N. Harp said. “It’ll showcase the city’s determination to lead by example, and provide for students at these 11 schools a hands-on lesson about how renewable power can save literally tons of carbon emissions each year.”
Construction at a number of schools began in September 2017, and all work is expected to be completed by early 2018. Each of these projects will be owned by Clean Focus and maintained by Greenskies. The City will create savings by purchasing power from the arrays at a discounted rate when compared to traditional utility costs.
“Greenskies, a Clean Focus company, is pleased to help the New Haven schools in lowering their energy costs and redeploying savings into other important programs and services. These eleven schools complement our large portfolio of municipal, commercial, small utility, and community solar projects. We look forward to a long relationship with the City of New Haven over the lifetime of the project,” said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies and Clean Focus group.