Partnership with Verogy to bring solar power to Newington Town Hall
NEWINGTON, CONN. – 6/9/21– The Newington, CT Town Council recently partnered with Hartford-based solar developer Verogy to design and install a 180-kW solar installation at Newington Town Hall. At its May 25, 2021, meeting, the Town Council approved a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will allow the town to purchase electricity at a significantly discounted rate. The PPA locks in this lower rate so that as electricity costs rise in the future, the town will continue to pay a reduced amount for electricity for the 20 year term of the agreement.
“We are really excited about this partnership and taking concrete steps to becoming a more sustainable community,” said Keith Chapman, Newington Town Manager. “The solar array at Town Hall will not only provide tangible environmental benefits, it will also save taxpayer dollars, it’s a real win-win.”
In addition to providing energy to the town at a reduced rate, the Newington Town Hall solar project will yield significant environmental benefits as each kWh produced by the solar array results in a direct reduction of that same energy generated through traditional sources. The array to be constructed on the Newington Town Hall will eliminate 204 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of avoiding greenhouse gas emissions from 513,720 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle for a year.
“It’s always great to work with forward-looking communities like Newington who are embracing solar,” said William Herchel, Co-Founder and CEO of Verogy. “The Town Hall project represents the beginning of a partnership with Newington, we look forward to exploring new ways to help town leaders strengthen Newington’s sustainability while saving residents money.”
Verogy has also recently been collaborating with the Newington Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness among town businesses of the benefits of solar energy. In conjunction with the Chamber, Verogy has hosted webinars to help Newington businesses of all sizes better understand how solar can contribute to both a healthier bottom line and environment. By installing a solar project, businesses can see monetary benefits as soon as the system is operational—even with no upfront cost. A range of financing options from a no money down Power Purchase Agreement to a full cash purchase offer flexibility for businesses considering solar. When combined with state and federal incentives, the financial benefits can be very substantial for businesses. Importantly, these businesses are also able to embrace sustainability and fight climate change while reducing their operating costs.
“It’s more important than ever for businesses to find innovative ways to successfully compete and that includes controlling their costs,” said Leslie Civitello, Executive Director of the Newington Chamber of Commerce. “Solar energy provides a unique opportunity to control energy costs while doing something good for the environment. We hope Newington businesses take the time to learn more about how solar can make a difference for their bottom line.”
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