Microgrids for a greener Fairfield
January 19, 2013 by James
In light of recent storm Sandy and severe storm-related power outages in 2012, Fairfield is taking an assertive step towards its alternative energy future.
While the majority of the project is dependent on a pending grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Ed Boman of Public Works has had an integral role in designing the program and has high hopes for the project in fairfield County. Boman states:
“It seems fitting that the application comes just after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to so many in Fairfield.”
The detailed plan includes photovoltaic panels that produce solar energy, several of which would be placed near the town Fire Department and local landfill. Other important additions covered under the grant would include back up power systems at the police and public works stations and two green generators at Fairfield’s water treatment plant. First Selectman Michael Tetreau stated:
“What we’re looking at today is really a function of some of the input and feedback Mr. Boman has into the rules and regs for microgrids that allow us to take advantage of this program.”
Each crucial addition would also lessen the community’s carbon footprint by reducing carbon emissions through the use of new technology.
Across Fairfield County – which includes Shelton – 2013 has already been a year of advances in green energy utilization, technology, and education. New Microgrids will potentially bring big relief for many town buildings, and the town of Fairfield may consider using printing companies or flyer printing services to communicate with residents about developments in the process.