Connecticut adds two new solar projects

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 @ 08:12 AM
posted by rene5432

As the state puts an increasingly strong emphasis on environmental protection and clean energy generation, Connecticut announced it has approved the first two large-scale renewable electricity projects required under recent energy legislation. The Connecticut Mirror reports that two new solar power plants will be developed in the towns of Somers and East Lyme.

The two new solar installations were chosen out of a field of 21 proposals from 13 different companies. The 10 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity that the state needed to develop could make use of a variety of green energy technologies, but only one proposal, a wind farm, did not make use of solar power.

Each of the two projects will provide a peak capacity of 5 megawatts of solar energy, and combined the two should provide enough power for around 10,000 homes. Regulators were happy to find that electricity prices from the project reached lower than anticipated.

"It was an overwhelming response," Jonathan Schrag, the deputy commissioner in charge of energy at the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, told the Mirror. "It was an extremely competitive field."

Connecticut passed a new law earlier this year both spurring the creation of the DEEP and implementing new incentives for residential solar installations, using solar renewable energy credits.

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