Solar Array Installed on Garage Canopy

solar canopyNorwalk, Connecticut officials recently announced that a solar array has been installed on a canopy on the top deck of a parking garage in the city to generate electricity.

The 100-kilowatt system will generate enough electricity to power 13 homes per year. That is equivalent to offsetting 77.01 tons of carbon dioxide emissions or taking nine vehicles off the road for a year.

The energy that the solar array generates will be used to power the building’s exterior lights. If extra energy is produced one month, it will be deducted from the following month’s bill. The building’s owner expects to save about $667,750 in energy costs over the next 25 years.

Members of the Connecticut state and local governments worked together to bring the canopy solar project to fruition. Officials want Connecticut to be seen as a leader in the field of energy infrastructure and renewable energy.

Funding for the solar project was provided by the Connecticut Zero Emission Renewable Credit program through Connecticut Light & Power. The building’s owners also received funding from the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, which is administered by the Clean Energy Finance Investment Authority.

Sound Solar Systems, which installed the solar array on the garage canopy, wants to make existing solar technologies more accessible for landlords in Connecticut and surrounding states. New programs such as C-PACE are making solar projects easier for building owners to finance. The company thanked local leaders for their commitment to the solar energy project. Officials hope the canopy solar array will help the environment and increase awareness about renewable energy among members of the community.

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