Connecticut gets first community solar array from Clean Energy Collective and C-TEC Solar

Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has partnered with C-TEC Solar and the Town of Bloomfield, Connecticut’s Board of Education to build a 2-MWdc solar array – expanding CEC’s reach in the northeast, bringing the initial community solar offering to the state of Connecticut, and allowing all local residents, governments, and businesses to choose community solar energy for the first time. The Board of Education is both the primary subscriber and landlord to the array, located off Blue Hills Avenue.

The project, which is being developed and constructed by C-TEC Solar is expected to be completed mid-2019 and will generate clean, renewable energy and provide savings to residents, the school district, and low- to moderate-income subscribers.

“C-TEC brings over 30 years of solar construction expertise with the knowledge and experience to win and build solar projects. Combined with CEC’s development and solutions expertise, we bring unmatched industry know-how to the state’s first entry into community solar,” said Mickey Toro, president of C-TEC Solar.

This community solar program provides participating customers guaranteed savings of 10% via on-bill utility credits, with no cost to participate. Typical households will save approximately $100 each year over the span of the 20-year program, providing not only energy savings to subscribing residents and local schools, but also supporting the community by creating construction jobs and local tax revenue.

“We are excited to launch reservations for our RooflessSolar project in Bloomfield, and to be working with the town and Board of Education to expand savings across the community,” said Tom Sweeney, President of Renewables for Clean Energy Collective. “Given our long history developing successful community solar projects in the northeast and across the U.S., CEC is well positioned to build and manage this pilot facility in Connecticut – our 17th state of operation. The project supports Connecticut’s commitment to a clean energy future, and by working with the Board of Education, we hope to inspire and educate future generations.”

CEC was one of three organizations selected to participate in the state’s Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program and sees this as an opportunity to help shape Connecticut’s community solar future. CEC hopes this project will demonstrate the benefits of community solar to the entire state, encouraging regulators to roll out a larger state-wide program as defined in legislature in May 2018.

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