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Solar power outlook brightens with vehicle charging stations set for RR depot

WESTPORT — Thousands of Westport commuters rely on the electrical grid to power the trains that take them to work from the Saugatuck Railroad Station each day. Soon, they will be able to take advantage of a brighter source to get them to and from the station.

By the end of the year, the town is set to activate its first solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations at the Saugatuck station. A 27-kilowatt solar-panel array on the roof of the rail depot’s eastbound terminal will feed electricity to the charging stations.

To advance the project, the Board of Selectmen last week approved an installation and maintenance contract for the solar-panel system.

“I think it really puts Westport on the forefront of solar technology innovations and alternative energy,” building official Steve Smith said. “It will be a blueprint for other communities.”

The Stratford-based energy-solutions firm Encon will install the solar array. ECI Energy, which has the same owners as Encon, will run and maintain the solar-panel installation and cover its costs. The project will not require town funding. ECI will bill the town for the electricity the solar panels produce — a rate expected to cost 30 percent less than if the town bought that power from a major utility.


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