September 14, 2017

State schools to receive solar energy systems this fall

Manchester Community College is one of three schools that will receive solar energy systems through a partnership between the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and three companies.

Southern Connecticut State University and Middlesex Community College will also receive the solar technology through CSCU's agreement with Current, powered by General Electric, SunLight Solar Energy, and CT Green Bank. Construction will begin this fall.

Funded by Connecticut Green Bank, the solar initiative is expected to save CSCU more than $10 million within the first 20 years.

The goal is to extend the systems to Central Connecticut State University, Quinebaug Middle College, or EastConn, Asnuntuck Community College, Tunxis Community College, and Western Connecticut State University in the next two years.

CSCU President Mark Ojakian thanked the companies for their participation.

"Anything we can do to make our system and our planet more viable and sustainable in the future is a step we're willing to take," Ojakian said. "I want to sincerely thank all our partners who worked hard to make this important project possible."

Bryan Garcia, the president and CEO of Connecticut Green Bank, said the solar project saves a significant amount of money for taxpayers.

"The CSCU has shown tremendous leadership with this initiative," Garcia said. "And with a high-quality partner like GE overseeing the installations, there is little question these systems will perform and create a win-win-win for all involved."

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