Proposed solar project in Hamden could save West Haven $500,000 in energy costs

An Avon-based developer wants to build a solar farm in Hamden that would zap West Haven’s energy bill by a total of $500,000 over the next two decades, officials said. Lodestar Energy is seeking approval to build a 1.5-megawatt solar farm on about eight acres of undeveloped, wooded land on Denslow Hill Road, according to an application submitted to the Connecticut Siting Council, which has authority over the siting of power facilities and other types of infrastructure. The parcel is privately owned. The solar farm would have more than 2,700 photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight into electrical energy, among other equipment, the application states. According to Spreyer, the city is projected to save more than $25,000 a year in energy costs over a 20-year span. Lodestar was awarded a contract to develop the solar farm under the Non-Residential Solar Renewable Energy Solutions Program. Launched by Eversource and UI in 2022, the clean energy program is designed to encourage customers in underserved and environmental justice communities to participate in developing the state’s renewable energy industry, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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