Your Community Could Get Big Savings from Energy Projects

Your Community Could Get Big Savings from Energy Projects

The Town of Southington, CT, like so many other communities across the country, is constantly looking for ways to save residents money and fund essential services and projects. Thanks to a low-cost opportunity assessment, Southington now has some exciting options that could save more than $100,000 per year.

Here’s part of the story, courtesy of

[Woodard & Curran] did a quick assessment that looked at the benefits of installing solar PV, biogas, anaerobic digestion, small-scale wind, geothermal heating and fuel cell operations — which could be installed on buildings or used in vacant land — and consolidating energy procurement.

“It basically did a cursory evaluation of all of our opportunities to either reduce our energy cost or in some cases even generate revenue,” Town Manager Garry Brumback said. “We’re taking it to the next step.”

Many of the findings of the assessment are things that other communities could implement as well, possibly generating similar returns. For example, solar PV alone can generate significant revenues and can be placed on closed landfills, underutilized open space, and building rooftops. In fact, Lowell, MA has implemented a similar solar PV project that is already yielding excellent results.

These kinds of projects are exactly what communities of all sizes should be looking to implement, especially in times of tight budgets and slow economic growth. By aggressively pursuing projects that deliver quick return on investment or immediate savings, municipalities can significantly improve their financial situation.


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