Through partnership, CEC enters 16th state providing clean, renewable energy and savings to residents, businesses, and school district.
BLOOMFIELD, CT – Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a North American leading community solar developer and solutions provider, has partnered with C-TEC Solar and the Town of Bloomfield’s Board of Education to build a 2 megawatt (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, a Bloomfield, CT based solar contractor and developer who won the competitive bid from the Bloomfield Board of Education to build this project, 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.
Community solar projects, which are new to Connecticut but common in neighboring states such as MA and NY, are medium-scale solar developments that allow all utility customers to support the generation of renewable energy and experience the associated benefits, without having to put solar panels on their roofs. The 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, CT 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 16th 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.
William Guzman, Chief Operations Officer for the Bloomfield Board of Education, said “we initiated a rooftop solar program in 2017 for one of our schools, but wanted to expand without direct development on school roofs. This venture allowed us to offset our electricity costs, provide local jobs during construction, and enhance student curriculum in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields! We have monitors that students can see to track how the electricity is being generated – and how much carbon we are helping to offset.”
For a limited time, residential electricity customers in the Eversource service area can enroll in a CEC RooflessSolar plan, customized to their energy usage, at www.cleanenergyco.com/rooflesssolar/ct. Participants can also view the energy production, energy credits, and environmental offsets in real time through a dedicated online portal once the array is interconnected.
About Clean Energy Collective
Clean Energy Collective (CEC) is the nation’s leading developer of community solar solutions. CEC pioneered the model of delivering clean power-generation through medium-scale solar PV facilities accessible to all utility customers. Since establishing the country’s first community-owned solar array near El Jebel, Colorado in 2010, CEC has built or has under development more than 175 RooflessSolar™ projects with 33 utility partners across 16 states, serving thousands of customers, and representing more than 400 MW of community solar capacity. CEC is also the leading provider of community solar software and services to the utility, development, and financial industries through its Community Solar Platform™. Visit www.cleanenergyco.com for more information, or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About C-TEC Solar
C-TEC Solar, LLC is a locally owned and operated company based in Bloomfield, CT with an additional office in Charlton, MA. Founded in 2011, C-TEC Solar is one of the most experienced and trusted photovoltaic contractors in the Northeast who are experts in commercial and industrial roof top solar, as well as utility scale ground mount development. Our expertise includes knowledge of landfill and brownfield management and solar development best practices. The professional staff of installers, engineers, and business developers is the backbone of the company. It is the dedication of its employees that has gained C-TEC a superior reputation for quality and service. The company holds a CT Major Contractor license, and is licensed in the states of CT, MA, NY, NH, VT, ME and RI. We employ North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified employees. Visit www.ctecsolar.com to learn more.
About Bloomfield Board of Education
“Raising the Bar is Taking Us Far” is more than a slogan in Bloomfield; it is a fact of life. From early childhood to adult life, the district is preparing students for college and meaningful careers. The Board of Education employs approximately 260 certified staff and administrators, and 210 non-certified staff and food services workers in its schools. For more information, visit www.bloomfieldschools.org/district_information/board_of_education.