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Friday, April 22, 2011

Ansonia High Joins the "Solar System"

You can forgive the students and teachers at Ansonia High School if they start singing "Let The Sun Shine In" on a daily basis in the near future.

That's because the school is being outfitted with $1 million solar power generation system.

A New York City-based company, SunLight General Capital, is installing the generation system on the roof of the school at no cost to Ansonia. The project is expected to generate nearly 230,000-kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

That's enough energy to power between 20 and 25 homes for a full year.

SunLight General has a power purchase agreement with the city, which means that the company financed the purchase of the solar array and owns the equipment.

It will sell the electricity generated by the solar power system to the school at price lower than local utility rates.

Over the 15-year life of SunLight General's contract with the city, Ansonia will save an average of $14,000 per year in electricity costs. The high school is the city's largest consumer of electricity.

In addition to the money that SunLight General provided for the installation of the solar panels, the project also received a grant of more than $400,000 through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funding pool.

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