Groton Utilities has scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate a successful private and public community partnership which produced three solar farms in the Greater Groton Community.
The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, at Polaris Park, the site of the largest of the three solar farms. The other two solar farm sites are Trident Park and Pelican Park.
Among the expected speakers for the event are Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base, New London; City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick, and a representative from Balfour Beatty Communities.
The three solar facilities are expected to produce nearly seven (7) million kilowatt-hours of electric energy annually, including the following approximated lifetime benefits:
* 833 homes served 100 percent annually by solar energy;
* 94,000 tons of carbon eliminated;
* 1,137 cars removed from the road;
* 9,600,000 of gasoline avoided;
* 140,000 tree cleansing properties annually.
The site also contains electric storage capacity. When this storage is used in conjunction with the solar, it provides critical resiliency during the duration of the power outages.
The storage is large enough to extend electric supply for the equivalent of 100 homes for a 24-hour period.
The private and public community partnership includes a broad spectrum of interests, including the U. S. Naval Submarine Base, Balfour Beatty Communities, Groton Utilities, the City of Groton, the Town of Groton, the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, and Brightfields.
Groton Utilities has been a municipally owned and operated electric utility since 1904 and serves a population of more than 35,000 in the greater Groton area, including Pfizer, Electric Boat and the U. S. Naval Submarine Base. Groton Utilities also has a Water Division, which has 6,600 water customer accounts and serves a population of some 45,000 people. The Water Division serves the City of Groton, parts of the Town of Groton, Groton Long Point, Noank, and sells water to the Town of Ledyard on a sale-for-resale basis. The Water Division also sells water to the Mohegan Sun Casino.