New Britain turned to SolarCity to lower the city’s energy costs and provide valuable protection against future utility price increases. The city partnered with SolarCity to evaluate the city’s energy consumption and overall energy needs, and strategically placed solar arrays in locations beneficial from both a savings and safety perspective. The city started with four projects at local schools and a water filtration plant and has committed to expanding their portfolio with future installations at two middle schools.
Together, the projects will total more than 1.6 megawatts of solar generation capacity—enough to produce 2.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year for the city. The system is expected to offset an estimated 49.7 million pounds of CO2 emissions and prevent the waste of 1.6 million gallons of water that would otherwise be used to generate electricity from other sources over the 20-year lifetime of the agreement.
Through a SolarCity Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), New Britain avoided paying any money upfront for their solar energy systems and instead buys the power created by the panels at a lower cost than the utility charges for power. The agreement is expected to save New Britain taxpayers more than $2.2 million over the next 20 years.