Developer Builds Solar Farm for a High School in Connecticut

January 10, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Developer of an environmentally friendly neighborhood in Colchester, a town in New London County, Connecticut wants to put up a solar farm intended for a high school nearby. Developer Ron Gaudet is planning to build the solar farm, which will be funded by Clean Energy Fund and requested by Colchester School Board.

Developer Builds Solar Farm for a High School in Connecticut

The 200 up to 300 kilowatts solar farm is going to be located on a unoccupied private land next to the high school, Bacon Academy, which will going to provide the 25 percent power needed by the high school.

Gaudet said that despite of the low return investment in building solar farm and selling green power to the high school with a discounted rate, his investors company wants to push through with the project because it matches their nearby housing project’s sustainability efforts.

He also said that his company wants do something to help out and promote sustainability in the environment.

In 2008, Gaudet publicized the development of White Oak Farm, a 260-acre environmentally friendly and sustainable subdivision community in Colchester. The community will be using geothermal devices and solar photovoltaic technology to heat the homes.

The sustainable community has room for a land reserve and about 135 homes, but in two year, only 12 houses have been sold, which is far below the company’s expectations.

The government funding, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will be the solar farm’s central feature because Gaudet will be selling power at a discounted rate for Bacon Academy. The solar project needs government funding to become beneficial for the investors.

The solar farm is going to be the third largest solar installation intended for an educational facility, out of the 24 constructed in Connecticut.

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