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    Barnard school shaping up to host largest solar install of any school in CT

    (8/10/2006) The largest school solar panel project in the State of Connecticut is beginning to take shape at Barnard School.

    Over the next two weeks, (beginning Aug. 7), some 272 solar panels will be installed on the school roof by crane, constituting the state’s largest school solar installation funded by the City of New Haven and the CT Clean Energy Fund. The school will be able to take advantage of daylight by using roof mounted solar panels, providing 16% of the school’s electrical energy.

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. said the installation fits in with the City’s commitment to clean energy options. “The City of New Haven has saved millions through energy conservation measures and in recent years, became only the fourth city in the U.S. to allow free parking for hybrid cars,” DeStefano noted. “We are proud to host such a massive solar installation and to continue leading the way in clean energy options.”

    Some 272 panels in three arrays including 144 photovoltaic panels on the Gym roof, 96 Panels over the West Wing roof and 32 Panels over cafeteria, are being installed by Solar Works, Inc. (design Build). This design will produce 81.6 kilowatts of electricity (DC).

    The installation is expected to take two to three weeks beginning on August 7,

    2006. The Citywide School Construction Program expects to tie it in to an inverter located in electrical room in the week of August 21, 2006.

    Jonathan Edwards, chief operating officer of Smart Power, said the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund is “thrilled to see this size installation. It demonstrates that clean energy is being woven into the fabric of major cities like New Haven.”

    Barnard School is undergoing a $43 million renovation at 170 Derby Ave. and will reopen in September. The school has had tremendous excitement during construction, with several hundred on hand to witness the installation of a pedestrian bridge over the Ella T. Grasso Boulevard in July. The new bridge connects Barnard School with the new Nature Center under construction in the West River Memorial Park. Overall, the fully-enclosed bridge is 229 feet long and weighs a total of 138 tons.

    When Barnard School reopens in September it will have a renovated 1913 building and new additions. The school will serve grades pre-K-8. The renovated and expanded facility has numerous science features, including greenhouses and a courtyard for science experiments, as well as the Nature Center and science activities taking place on the bridge. With its proximity to the West River, the Nature Center offers students the opportunities to explore the river and park and follow up with science experiments in the Nature Center.

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