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Connecticut marina installs solar energy system

Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn., has completed an 8,500-square-foot solar photovoltaic system funded, in part, by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.

The electricity that the new system generates will supply power to three work sheds at the marina and a portion of its 900 customer slips.

"We are thrilled with the way this project turned out," Rives Potts, vice president and general manager at Brewer Pilots Point Marina, said in a statement. "We constantly urge our customers to consider the environment in all of their boating decisions, and this allows us not only to reduce our own footprint, but also put money where our mouth is when it comes to environmental stewardship."

Brewer Pilots Point Marina is one of 27 Clean Marinas certified by the state's Department of Environmental Protection for voluntary efforts to exceed the standards of regulatory compliance.

CCEF provided an $184,968 grant to support this installation through its On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program.

This program provides funding for renewable-energy projects at Connecticut businesses in order to reduce the load on the state's electricity grid, prevent harmful emissions by offsetting electricity produced from fossil fuels and spur investment in small businesses.

The 72 kilowatt DC solar system at Brewer Pilots Point Marina consists of 360 SunTech 200-watt solar panels placed on the roof of a newly constructed storage and maintenance facility in the marina's South Yard.

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