Greenwich Racquet plans to see “green” with solar project

Stamford Advocate, December 30, 2011

Operators of the Greenwich Racquet Club in Cos Cob support the “green” energy movement, and now they are taking concrete steps toward incorporating those beliefs into their business.

Owner Roberto Leon and his son, Ricardo Leon, are looking forward to seeing how a new solar electric project under way at the River Road facility will impact the cost of operating the building.

Sound Solar Systems LLC in Old Greenwich plans to complete the work by the end of February. The 70-kilowatt solar photo voltaic array will cover more than 60 percent of the south-facing roof. The $408,000 project received almost $180,000 in funding from the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and about $122,000 through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Greenwich Racquet Club is excited to support green energy initiatives in Connecticut,” Ricardo Leon, the club’s tennis director, said. “The federal and state incentives provided to us for this project will allow us to recoup any costs within one year of installation and provide us with subsequent years of little-to-no cost for electricity.”

He credited Andrew Lifshin, a project manager at Sound Solar, for guiding him through the complexities of financial aid available through federal and state programs.

“The design and integration of these systems can sometimes be a complex undertaking,” said Tony Savino, principal of Sound Solar. “Sound Solar relies on its construction background to come up with solutions that are efficient and productive for the building owner, ensuring substantial savings for many years.”

When Roberto Leon, who bought the business seven years ago, learned about the benefits of installing the solar panels and the financial assistance, he readily proceeded with the project.

“We’re going to save some money with electricity, and the company that’s doing the installation is local,” he said.

The installation will create substantial electricity savings, said David Goldberg, Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority spokesman.

“It will cover about half of its electric demand. It’s another example of how businesses are taking advantage of Connecticut policies for long-term stabilization of electricity costs,” he said.

The project follows installation of a solar thermal system in June at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor Hotel, Solar System’s first commercial solar thermal project.

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