Sound Solar Systems and Santa Energy Complete Commercial Solar Project on Mark Twain Library
Redding, CT (November 8, 2013) – Sound Solar Systems, LLC, a clean energy installation and development company based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, has partnered with Santa Energy, an energy company that invests in clean energy, to complete the installation of a major solar array on the roof of the historic Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT. The project received funding from the Connecticut Zero Emission Renewable Credit program through Connecticut Light and Power. The project was also funded by Santa Energy who will own the system for ten years, with an option for the Library to purchase after six years. During the period that Santa Energy owns the system they will be selling the power produced back to the Library at a rate discounted from the grid. The system is projected to reduce Mark Twain Library’s draw from the grid by 39%.
Founded on the platform of a construction company, with a Principal formerly working on Wall Street, Sound Solar Systems provides expertise in design, engineering and financing options. The company offers these services for solar photovoltaic systems that create electricity from the sun; solar thermal systems that use the sun to produce hot water; wind power systems that generate electricity using wind; and other alternative energy systems and efficiency projects. These services are provided to commercial, municipal and residential clients throughout the Tri State area.
“Our task is to make existing solar technologies accessible and take advantage of the innovative financing programs to create savings for homeowners, commercial landlords and building owners in the tri-state area” says Tony Savino, principal of Sound Solar Systems. Responsible for design and technology, Mr. Savino brings a critical advantage to Sound Solar Systems with his extensive experience in construction. “The design and integration of solar panels onto existing residences and commercial buildings can be a delicate task. Our construction background allows us to execute projects with maximum system efficiency while preserving the integrity of the roof.”
This 42 kW, 168 module system will generate enough power to operate 5 homes per year. This is the equivalent of planting 24 trees or taking 4 cars off the road for a year.
Santa Energy is a supplier of heating oil, natural gas, propane and electricity to homes, businesses and institutions throughout New England and has recently branched out into the energy efficiency industry. The Mark Twain Library project is their first solar PPA project. This project is important to Santa’s founder, Tom Santa, as he is a resident of Redding and spends time at the library. “Santa Energy is pleased to be able to support the Mark Twain Library through this project,” Tom says. “The addition of solar power to the library’s energy portfolio is cost effective, benefits the environment and sets a great example for Redding.”
The Mark Twain Library began as the personal collection of Mark Twain’s books. Mark Twain and Thomas Edison, the discoverer of electricity, were great friends and Edison visited Twain at his home in Redding. It is only fitting that now, years later, this partnership has been reignited. “The Mark Twain Library is extremely proud and grateful to be part of the successful partnership with Santa Energy and Sound Solar Systems,” says Janice Meehan, President of Mark Twain Library’s Board of Directors. “With Santa Energy’s support and Sound Solar’s innovative technology, our Library can realize savings which will allow us to enhance the Library’s programs and services. It is also a major step in the Library’s green initiative.”
About Sound Solar Systems, LLC
Sound Solar Systems delivers proven and profitable clean energy solutions to commercial, residential and public sector clients in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island. For every client, Sound Solar Systems focuses on energy and cost savings as well as preservation and integrity of existing roof and building structures. For more information, please visit www.soundsolar.com.
About Santa Energy
Santa Energy has been a leading commercial energy supplier in New England for 74 years. Santa provides a full range of petroleum products including heating oils and motor fuels, as well as natural gas, propane and electricity to residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional customers. Offering the benefits of a large commercial energy supplier with the flexible, personalized service only a small energy supplier can provide. For more information, please visit www.santaenergy.com.
About The Mark Twain Library
The Mark Twain Library Association is the public library for the Town of Redding. The Library was founded by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) in 1908 with books from his own private collection. Today, the library honors the spirit of its founder by serving as a center for intellectual, educational, social and cultural enrichment and offers a wide variety of materials, resources and programs for all ages. For more information, please visit www.marktwainlibrary.org.