The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority’s (SCCRWA) mission is to provide customers with water at a reasonable cost while avoiding damage to the environment. So it was only natural that they would implement a cost-reducing solar system into their operations. The SolarCity system enables the SCCRWA to save money by paying less for the power it generates than they pay for utility power, while also reducing pollution and water use.
The SCCRWA’s ground-mounted solar system was installed in a large field near the town of Hamden, on a previously under-utilized piece of land. They turned the land into a source of power by installing a 1-megawatt (MW) solar system, which is expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy each year. The SCCRWA is expected to save over $2 million* over the lifetime of the system, which is ultimately passed on to customers in the form of reduced rate increases.
In addition to the financial savings, the solar system reduces overall environmental impact. The system is expected to produce enough energy annually to power over 120 homes, the equivalent of planting 69,000 trees or removing 130 cars from the road. Since traditional forms of energy production use significant amounts of water and energy generated by solar panels requires none, the project is also expected to reduce water use by 1.9 million gallons over the lifetime of the system.