(October 18, 2018) Today, CSCU unveiled the first two of their new solar energy systems during a ribbon – cutting event at Manchester Community College attended by Governor Malloy, representatives from GE, CT Green Bank and CSCU President Mark Ojakian. The solar energy initiative was funded entirely with private capital and will cover 8.5% of all CSCU annual electricity usage with an estimated $15M in savings. For context, 1 year of electricity for all participating CSCU campuses is the equivalent of powering 1,202 homes for the same amount of time.
Construction began last fall shortly after CSCU announced the public-private partnership. The solar energy systems at Manchester CC will provide 45% of the college’s total electricity use saving an estimated $220,000 per year. Manchester CC is the first and largest solar energy site in the CSCU system, others include Asnuntuck CC, Central CT State University, Housatonic CC, Middlesex CC, Quinebaug Valley CC, Southern CT State University, Tunxis CC, Western CT State University.
“This is a great example of a successful public-private partnership that is not only cost effective but makes the CSCU system more sustainable for the future,” said CSCU President Mark Ojakian. The more we can collaborate towards a common goal the more we can focus on our core mission which is to educate Connecticut students.”
“It was an honor to partner with CSCU and Manchester Community College to make this project a success,” said Erik Schiemann, CEO, GE Solar. “It’s a great example for how solar can provide savings for the State while supporting sustainability goals and helping stabilize the campus’ power supply. We are excited about the opportunity GE Solar has to help institutions like CSCU transition to locally sourced clean energy.”
“The Connecticut Green Bank is excited to join Manchester Community College, Connecticut State College and Universities, and our private capital partners to unveil this green energy system,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “This installation will reduce the burden of energy costs on our colleges and universities to ensure that our state’s limited resources are being put to better use educating the future leaders of Connecticut.”
Manchester Community College Student and Student Advisory Committee member, Mehwish Afridi added: “As a full-time student approaching my final semester, knowing that people are hard at work on innovative ways to contain the costs of higher education is important. Projects like this that help the campus reduce its operating budget help students like me to keep our eyes on our educational goals without as much worry about finances.”