School board OKs solar plan

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NAUGATUCK — The Board of Education has approved a plan to place solar panels on the roof of Maple Hill Elementary School.

The board voted, 7 to 2, March 14 to move forward with a power purchase agreement with the Greenwich-based Davis Hill Development LLC. Board members James Scully and Scott Slauson voted against it.

Scully said he wanted to see more information about the project and make sure there’s oversight.

Davis Hill Development will install the solar panels under the state’s Zero Emission Renewable Energy Credit (ZREC) Program. Under the program, the state pays companies a set rate for every 1,000 kilowatt hours of power generated. The companies then sell the energy to their clients, in this case the borough, under a power purchase agreement.

The district will pay 7 cents per kilowatt hour for the 20-year life of the agreement.

Under the agreement, the company will install and maintain the equipment at no cost to the borough.