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USA: Connecticut commuter station goes solar

The City of Westport, Conn. is preparing to install a roof full of solar photovoltaic panels on the shelter at its Saugatuk commuter train station.
The city just needs approval from the Connecticut Board of Transportation, which meets Thursday.
“The feedback has been pretty positive,” said Westport city planner Steve Smith. “So, we feel pretty optimistic.”
Once the project is approved, the city will receive $109,000 from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to pay for $97,000 worth of solar panels and two electric-vehicle charging stations.
“This started two years ago,” Smith said. “We were looking for projects where we could use Federal stimulus money.”
Stimulus funding guidelines changed, but Smith was already smitten with the idea of installing solar at the train station and promoting electric vehicle adoption with premier parking and onsite charging stations.
So, the city approached the Clean Energy Fund.
“They loved it,” Smith said.


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