Connecticut's Largest Solar and Energy Storage System Opens Photo courtesy Norwich Public Utilities

Connecticut's Largest Solar and Energy Storage System Opens

NPU will now provide its customers with solar power as part of its current electric service and without an additional charge.

The largest solar and energy storage system in Connecticut was recently opened, by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) and Norwich Public Utilities (NPU), in partnership with SolarCity and Brightfields Development.  NPU will now provide its customers with solar power as part of its current electric service and without an additional charge. When added to NPU’s existing hydropower capabilities, the NPU energy portfolio is now nearly 20% renewable.

The 4.7 megawatt Mountain Ash Solar Farm includes more than 15,000 solar panels on a 15-acre site, and is expected to produce enough solar energy over the next two decades to power more than 8,400 homes for a year.

As highlighted in the full press release on NPU’s website, the energy storage system installed at the Mountain Ash Farm is SolarCity’s first project to utilize its proprietary GridLogic control platform to provide capacity services to a utility. The 750 kilowatt energy storage system will provide up to 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. SolarCity is providing engineering, installation, and maintenance of a battery storage system, which through the Gridlogic platform, allows CMEEC to remotely and instantaneously dispatch stored solar energy in the event of increased demand or large-scale power outages in its service territory.

Under the terms of the 20-year solar purchase power agreement with SolarCIty, CMEEC will utilize the clean solar energy produced at Mountain Ash Farm. The energy storage system, also financed by SolarCity, will allow CMEEC to pay a fixed-rate for capacity, which lowers its operating costs and helps keep prices stable for its member organizations and their customers.

{Editor’s Note: The NPU facility at Mountain Ash Farm was highlighted in the Nov. 7, 2016 NY Times' article: "Power Couple: Tie-Up Shows How Batteries and Solar May Link" more recent NY Times article, which also provides updates on the Tesla/SolarCity merger.]

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