Connecticut-based Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC has completed the installation of solar arrays at four schools in Trumbull, Conn. According to the company, the projects will significantly lower the annual electric costs at Madison Middle School, Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull High School, and Frenchtown Elementary School.
“The energy plan was developed shortly after my arrival in Trumbull in 2014. Trumbull was faced with 50-year-old boilers, pneumatic controls, and standard T-8 lighting in seven of our 10 schools,” says Mark Deming, director of facilities for Trumbull Public Schools. “Incorporating solar into our overall plan was just the right thing to do for environmental and financial reasons. Bundling these projects allowed us to accomplish more in a shorter period of time.”
In addition to the solar arrays, which were funded by Greenskies with no upfront cost, Trumbull invested approximately $6 million in LED retrofits, seven new building management systems, nine boiler-room renovations, and four building retrofits.
“Greenskies, a Clean Focus company, is pleased to work with the Town of Trumbull in lowering its energy costs. Not only do the schools ‘go green’ and improve the environment, but also they allow Trumbull to redirect savings into other important programs and services,” says Stanley Chin, president and CEO of Greenskies and the Clean Focus group.
Each Trumbull school solar project will create savings for the town through a power purchase agreement and will be owned and operated by Clean Focus. According to Greenskies, the solar installations and other projects undertaken by Trumbull will drive costs down by $800,000 annually.
“We are excited to work with these four schools so close to our headquarters in Middletown,” adds Chin. “They complement our large portfolio of municipal solar projects. We look forward to a long relationship with Trumbull over the lifetime of the project.”