Com­mu­nity cen­ter is ‘go­ing so­lar’

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS - Con­trib­uted story LITCH­FIELD COM­MU­NITY CEN­TER

LITCH­FIELD – The Board of Direc­tors of the Litch­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter re­cently made a de­ci­sion to make its fa­cil­ity more sus­tain­able by se­lect­ing Earth­light Tech­nolo­gies, a SunPower Com­mer­cial Dealer and En­er­gizeCT con­trac­tor, to in­stall a 38-Kilo­watt so­lar sys­tem on the roof of the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

“We are de­lighted with the agree­ment reached with Earth­light. It will al­low the Cen­ter to re­duce its op­er­at­ing costs while de­liv­er­ing clean, re­new­able en­ergy to the fa­cil­ity,” said John Post, pres­i­dent of the cen­ter’s board of direc­tors.

The sys­tem is de­signed to pro­duce 94 per­cent of power that the com­mu­nity cen­ter uses an­nu­ally. The Cen­ter will not have to pay any money up­front and will be able to buy their power from Earth­light at a re­duced rate which is fixed for 20 years.

With Con­necti­cut gen­er­a­tion rates sched­uled to in­crease again in Jan­uary, so­lar will help Litch­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter de­crease their op­er­at­ing costs for decades to come.

“So­lar is ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to help­ing the state in­crease its Re­new­able Port­fo­lio Stan­dard to 40 per­cent by 2030 and en­cour­ag­ing elec­tric providers to ob­tain en­ergy from re­new­able sources,” says Tim Sch­nei­der, CEO of Earth­light Tech­nolo­gies. “In­stalling so­lar on not­for-prof­its like the Litch­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter strength­ens the re­siliency of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties while con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide well-pay­ing Con­necti­cut jobs in so­lar en­ergy.”

Power Pur­chase Agree­ments are a way for non­prof­its to take ad­van­tage of the elec­tric­ity cost sav­ings from so­lar en­ergy with­out hav­ing to own the so­lar pan­els or any out-of­pocket costs.

Non­prof­its are gen­er­ally un­able to take ad­van­tage of the tax ben­e­fits that come with pur­chas­ing a so­lar sys­tem since they do not have the req­ui­site tax ap­petite.

The cur­rent fed­eral In­vest­ment Tax Credit (ITC) al­lows so­lar own­ers to deduct 30% of the in­vest­ment of a so­lar en­ergy sys­tem for sys­tems in­stalled through the end of 2019. A PPA works by hav­ing an­other com­pany buy, own and main­tain the so­lar sys­tem, and then sell the power the sys­tem gen­er­ates to the non-profit at a lower rate than the stan­dard util­ity rate.

“It’s great to see our cus­tomers ex­pe­ri­ence the fi­nan­cial sav­ings and peace of mind from the most ef­fi­cient and reli­able tech­nol­ogy on the mar­ket to­day” said Sam Sch­nei­der, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Earth­light Tech­nolo­gies.

About the Litch­field Com­mu­nity Cen­terThe Litch­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing Litch­field and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Con­necti­cut since 2000, of­fer­ing daily cre­ative, in­tel­lec­tual and recre­ational pro­grams for all ages.

Over the course of the year, more than 8,000 adults and 2,000 chil­dren par­tic­i­pate in our pro­grams, more than 500 are of­fered at no cost. Res­i­dents and non-res­i­dents are wel­come to join us.

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