Maryland-based Standard Solar Inc. has completed the installation of a 3.4 MW solar project for the Town of Stafford, Conn. The 11,780-panel, virtual-net-metered project features three arrays – two at Stafford Middle School (1.296 MW each) and an 848 kW array at the town’s closed landfill – and it will offset all of the school’s electrical usage and the usage at most of the town’s other municipal buildings.
“Six years ago, the town formed an energy advisory committee and hasn’t been the same since,” said Dennis C. Milanovich, Stafford’s building official and town engineer. “In that short span, the town has gone from passing out compact fluorescent bulbs to record-setting energy independence. This past month, the last 848 kW of the 3.4 MW solar system became operational, bringing the town significantly closer to its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint to zero.”
The town used a tax exempt lease purchase, which enabled it to purchase and own the system outright. Standard Solar says that with an expected annual output of more than 4.6 million kWh, the project is expected to save the town $4,316,126 over 15 years and $12,270,830 over 25 years.
Scott Wiater, president and CEO of Standard Solar, said, “This project and the dedication of the town should be a model for other towns across the U.S. to follow. We should all recognize and applaud the significance of this achievement.”