Newtown is receiving a grant of $325,000, covering a portion of the cost of the installation from a competitive bid grant awarded by the state's Connecticut Clean Energy Fund ("CCEF"). The award showcases this solar installation as contributing to the advancement of clean energy in the state and is an example of the benefit of solar energy for other municipalities.
The Newtown installation will include OPEL Solar's most technologically advanced TF-800 single-axis trackers and U.S. manufactured PV panels from Grape Solar Inc. The use of OPEL Solar single axis trackers results in higher energy production for each PV panel which provides a significantly lower cost per kWh than conventional fixed-panel solar systems. For the Newtown Facility, the OPEL Solar tracker system increases the project's energy production approximately 28%. OPEL Solar was selected through a competitive public bid process with the Town of Newtown.
The unique design of the OPEL Solar tracker product line allows it to be matched with any type of solar panel technology, providing greater efficiency and a competitive edge for panel vendors and as well greater layout flexibility for integrators and engineering firms.