Solar panels at schools proving a win-win, Southington councilor says

Published on Friday, 12 May 2017 22:38
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - Southington schools have saved tremendous amounts of energy since solar panels were installed on their roofs, according to a report by Titan Energy.

Town Council member Tom Lombardi announced that the report had been submitted at Monday’s meeting. Savings generated from the solar panels were calculated in March for the report and ranged from thousands of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. “To me this is a win-win for our town,” said Lombardi. “We are taking energy off the grid and saving taxpayers money.”

“From street lights to solar panels to buying energy to energy savings initiatives we are knocking it out of the park,” said council Chairman Mike Riccio. “The schools are reaping 90 percent of the benefits but the taxpayers are reaping 100 percent of the benefits.”

Riccio has said he is committed to making Southington one of the greenest communities in the country.

The following is a list of savings for each school since solar panels were installed:

n South End Elementary School has saved $14,401.97 since solar panels were installed in January 2016. The solar panels there produced 399,709 kilowatts of electricity in that time period. The report noted that the solar system generated 92.31 percent of the electrical demand for the building.

n DePaolo Middle School saved $1,210.15 since solar panels were installed in December 2016. The solar panels at the school produced 57,836 kilowatts of electricity.

n JFK Middle School has saved $2,684.84 since solar panels were installed in December 2016. The school has produced 34,880 kilowatts of energy.

n Plantsville Elementary School saved $7,219.20 since solar panels were installed in December of last year. The panels there produced 196,244 kilowatts of energy. The report noted that the solar system is generating 62 percent of the electrical demand for the building.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Southington Herald on Friday, 12 May 2017 22:38. Updated: Friday, 12 May 2017 22:40.