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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Park City To Become Solar City

Hartford is Connecticut's capital, but when it comes the state's renewable energy capital, you can make a strong case for Bridgeport.

The Park City is already home  to the world's second largest fuel cell park in the world, which was completed at the end of last year in the city's West End. And now, thanks to action Tuesday night by the Bridgeport City Council, it will soon have a solar energy farm, located a few blocks away from the fuel cell park.

The council voted 15-5 to approve a solar energy project on the site of a former city landfill in Seaside Park. The 9-acre site, which has been closed for decades, will host 9,000 solar panels which will produce 5 megawatts of power.

That's enough electricity to power about 5,000 homes. The United Illuminating Co. will handle the installation of the solar panels.

The project is expected to produce $7 million in revenue over a 20 year period. Mayor Bill Finch said developing the park on the landfill site will turn "a sin of our past into a shining example of our city’s future."

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Shared Solar Bill Vote Coming

Supporters of a bill that would help pave the way for "shared" or community solar energy systems in Connecticut say the legislation is coming up for a key vote.

Backers of House Bill 5412 say the General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to advance the legislation. Mike Trahan, executive director of Solar Connecticut, a renewable energy industry group, said if the bill is voted out of committee, it would then be taken up by the full state House of Representatives.

But if the Energy and Technology Committee fails to advance the bill by March 27, it will likely die in committee and will not be taken up until the 2015 legislative session.

Backers of the bill are circulating an online petition in an effort to convince lawmakers to move it forward.

Community solar would allow a group to set up photovoltaic solar panels at a remote location and distribute the electricity that is generated to members who sign up for the service.

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