Ridgefield: Solar panels go up at Farmingville Elementary

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Dwayne Escola, co-founder of Northeast Smart Energy LLC, with Molly McGeehin of Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment on the roof of Farmingville Elementary School last week. — Scott Mullin photos

Dwayne Escola, co-founder of Northeast Smart Energy LLC, with Molly McGeehin of Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment on the roof of Farmingville Elementary School last week. — Scott Mullin photos

 

The Town of Ridgefield is installing 337 solar panels on the roof of Farmingville Elementary School. The agreement between the town and the CT Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority will allow the town to pay $0.071/kWh for the next 20 years (compared to a range of $0.187 to 0.327/kWh).

With anticipated 80% annual usage, savings are estimated to be $534,000 over the 20 years and $779,000 over 25 years.

The cost of the project is being funded by the investment authority.

The panels were installed by Northeast Smart Energy and the power will be connected by Aug. 1.

In addition to the financial savings, solar panels will provide for an annual environmental savings of more than 400,000 pounds of CO2 or 24,500 mature trees planted, according to Molly McGeehin, treasurer of RACE, Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment.

“We hope this will just be the first of many Ridgefield buildings to be converted to environmentally friendly, financially savvy solar panel electricity,” McGeehin said.

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