The Lee Company, a maker of MicroHydraulics, has installed 1,760 photovoltaic panels on the roof of its Westbrook, Connecticut manufacturing facility. The 308-kilowatt solar electric system is one of the largest in New England, according to the company.
Nearly half the size of a football field, the system (you can see live data from the system here) covers 29,000 square feet. It was designed and installed by Gloria Spire Solar of Bedford, Mass., and was made possible, in part, by a $1.2 million grant from Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, which will defray approximately half of the cost of the photovoltaic system. Additionally, the Lee Company will seek to further defray costs with the Federal renewable energy Investment Tax Credit program.
At a time when the Federal ITC program is in jeopardy, Lee says that the solar installation may well be one of the last projects of its kind built in 2008 and perhaps longer.
“Our belief is that our government will renew the tax credit program by the end of this year,” says Gloria Spire CEO Mark Goodreau. “Until then, it’s having a serious impact on the renewable energy industry.