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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 13:51

Largest solar and energy storage system in Connecticut opens in Norwich

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) and Norwich Public Utilities (NPU), in partnership with SolarCity and Brightfields Development, formally opened the largest solar and energy storage system in the state on Wednesday. Congressman Joe Courtney and State Senator Cathy Osten joined representatives from each of the participating organizations at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“For seven generations, the Stott Family operated a successful dairy farm at this very location. It is our hope that this project enjoys the same longevity as we provide thousands of Connecticut residents and businesses with clean and renewable energy for years to come,” said Drew Rankin, CEO of CMEEC.

The 4.7 megawatt Mountain Ash Solar Farm includes more than 15,000 solar panels over 15 acres on the former Stott Family Farm. The system is expected produce enough solar energy over the next two decades to power more than 8,400 homes for a year.

The energy storage system installed at the Mountain Ash Farm is SolarCity’s first project to utilize its proprietary GridLogic control platform to provide capacity services to a utility. The 750 kilowatt energy storage system will provide up to 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. SolarCity is providing engineering, installation, and maintenance of a battery storage system, which through the Gridlogic platform, allows CMEEC to remotely and instantaneously dispatch stored solar energy in the event of increased demand or large-scale power outages in its service territory.

Under the terms of the 20-year solar purchase power agreement with SolarCIty, CMEEC will utilize the clean solar energy produced at Mountain Ash Farm. The energy storage system, also financed by SolarCity, will allow CMEEC to pay a fixed-rate for capacity, which lowers its operating costs and helps keep prices stable for its member organizations and their customers.

NPU will now provide its customers with solar power as part of its current electric service and without an additional charge. When added to NPU’s existing hydropower capabilities, the NPU energy portfolio is now nearly 20% renewable.

Later this year, the same partnership will complete work on another solar power installation on the former Roger’s Road landfill in Norwich. SolarCity is leasing the 5.35 acre site from the City of Norwich. The solar PV system installed at the site will supply solar energy that helps to save costs while also generating new value for a property that is currently dormant.
The 2.6 megawatt Rogers Road site will include more than 8,000 solar panels and expected to produce the equivalent amount of solar electricity to power more than 5,000 homes for an entire year.

In addition, CMEEC has two additional solar projects underway; one in Bozrah and two on Navy property near the Naval submarine base in Groton.

Serving customers and communities for 40 years, CMEEC is owned and governed by six member utilities: the cities of Groton and Norwich, the borough of Jewett City, the town of Bozrah, and the Second (South Norwalk) and Third (East Norwalk) Taxing Districts of Norwalk, Connecticut. CMEEC provides wholesale power and related requirements to member utilities as well as to the Mohegan Tribal Utility Authority and major electric customers in and beyond Connecticut. To learn more, visit Contact: Scott Whittier 860.889.4088 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About SolarCity
SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. Visit the company online at and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter. Contact: Molly Canales 650.963.5674 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Brightfields Development, LLC
Brightfields Development LLC specializes in the development of solar energy projects on environmentally‐sensitive properties. For the past 25 years, the Brightfields team has built a strong reputation on successfully completing large remediation and revitalization projects, and it is accustomed to working with state and federal agencies, city managers, town councils and community groups at every step of the process. Each site is different, and Brightfields utilizes its in‐house experience to devise a secure, long‐term solar solution that is appropriate for the site. Brightfields is currently developing projects in MA, CT, PR, VT, NC and IL. For further information, please visit Contact: Caitlin McSherry 781.772.2876 or
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