Updated October 24, 2023
Killingly High School Achieves 90% Energy Offset through Solar Power Partnership
North Haven, Connecticut — August 29, 2023 — The Town of Killingly, in partnership with Greenskies Clean Focus, a leading provider of renewable energy solutions, has successfully installed an additional 1 MW solar system at Killingly High School, significantly enhancing the school's commitment to sustainable energy practices.
Greenskies' Ongoing Contribution to Renewable Energy
Over the past four years, Greenskies has implemented over 2 MW of solar capacity across eight solar arrays situated at five different Town facilities. These installations vary in scale, from a 66 kW rooftop array at the Highway Department to a 310 kW carport canopy array at the District Administrative building. The most recent addition is a 1 MW ground-mounted solar array at Killingly High School.
Largest Solar Installation for Killingly High School
The newly installed 1 MW ground-mounted solar array at Killingly High School marks Greenskies' most substantial solar project for the Town of Killingly. It elevates the total solar capacity at the High School to 1.35 MW, allowing for the offsetting of nearly 90% of the school's power requirements.
Greenskies' Funding Model and Responsibility
Importantly, Greenskies funded these projects without any upfront costs to the Town of Killingly. Instead, the town will purchase the electricity generated by these solar arrays from Greenskies at a low, fixed rate for the next twenty-five years. Greenskies will also take on the long-term responsibility for the operation and maintenance of these solar facilities.
Environmental Impact and Sustainability
Annually, the new 1 MW solar installation is projected to generate more than 1,300 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy, offsetting nearly 950 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Over the next twenty-five years, this is equivalent to removing about 5,275 gas-powered cars from the road or preserving 28,275 acres of forest, according to the US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
The Town of Killingly's Commitment
Mary Calorio, Town Manager, expressed enthusiasm for the project's impact, saying, "The Town of Killingly is excited to expand our commitment to reducing costs and our carbon footprint. The partnership with Titan Energy and Greenskies has led to the development of several solar installations. We look forward to our continued partnership in achieving these goals."
Strategic Collaboration with Titan Energy
The Town of Killingly collaborates with Titan Energy, the designated energy management consultant for 168 member municipalities of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). Titan Energy assists in addressing the town's energy challenges, implementing effective energy strategies that combine on-site generation with electricity procurement. The partnership has identified suitable sites for solar installations and secured advantageous electricity rates through the exclusive 'member-only' municipal CCM Energy Program.
Recognizing Effective Energy Management
Chris Ramm, General Manager of Titan Energy, noted, "The Town of Killingly stands as a powerful example of effective energy management, proactively addressing its energy costs and embracing renewable energy sources. With a well-coordinated energy management strategy, the town ensures stability in energy prices and production, safeguarding against fluctuating energy costs and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions for a sustainable future."
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