NORTH STONINGTON — Greenskies Renewable Energy of Middletown, Conn., has been selected to install solar arrays at the town's school buildings and Center for Emergency Services. Work will begin in this summer and all five arrays are supposed to be installed by the spring of 2020.
Last summer, the Board of Selectmen engaged the Michaud Law Group, a Middletown firm that specializes in renewable energy, along with Commercial Solar Works Energy, of Hartford, to analyze the town’s facilities and create a request for proposals. The proposals were received in late in March and analyzed for conceptual designs and pricing. The selectmen awarded the contract to Greenskies on April 9.
The solar arrays will be installed at Wheeler Middle High School, North Stonington Elementary School, the Education Administration Building and the emergency services building.
Attorney Paul Michaud and Allen Sabins, managing partner of CSW Energy, have estimated that the town will save 40 percent on its electrical bills, representing $1 million in savings over the 20-year life of the systems, officials said. Under its power purchase agreement, there will be no costs to the town except for the energy used, which will be billed at a discount.
Greenskies, a vertically integrated firm, has a large portfolio of solar projects, including more than 21 megawatts of municipal solar installations. It was purchased in 2017 by the Clean Focus Group, a private company with operations in 19 states, China, and Taiwan.