Colchester cuts ribbon on Roosevelt Highway solar farm

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Colchester cuts ribbon on Roosevelt Highway solar farm

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 5:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Town of Colchester held a ribbon cutting Tuesday evening for the Roosevelt Highway Solar Array, one of two new large-scale solar projects that have been using energy and saving money since they came online in December 2018. These two farms will generate electricity to the equivalent of approximately 70 percent of the Town’s annual consumption. After payback of all capital and operating costs these projects are expected to reduce costs by $964,000 over the expected life of the arrays.

The Colchester Selectboard endorsed the idea presented by the Town Manager’s office in 2018. The staff and Selectboard continually evaluate sources of financial savings in the delivery of services to our residents.

Aaron Frank, Town Manager thanked Aegis RE for their hard work in making this project a reality.  The town continues to work to find ways to deliver efficient services and value to the taxpayers and these solar projects help us meet those goals.

The Ribbon Cutting was attended by the Colchester Selectboard, staff and board volunteers, Representative Chase and local media.

Both projects are fixed ground mounted arrays sized at 150kW. They use REC Twinpeak modules that produce 340 Watts. The Roosevelt Highway (Route 7) site has 612 panels on three inverters, and is using a SMA Sunny Tripower inverter, while the Pumpkin Patch has 620 panels on ten inverters and uses a Fronius Primo 15 inverter. Both sites are about 1.5 acres in area.

Source: COLCHESTER, VT, June 11, 2019 – The Town of Colchester