Local officials and company representatives recently turned on the power to the recently completed solar array project at the East Windsor Municipal Utilities Authority (EWMUA) Wastewater Treatment Plant on Millstone Road.
“East Windsor Township has been dedicated in our commitment to environmental sustainability and we have been pro-active in seeking opportunities that allow us to increase our renewable resources and become more energy efficient. This project, completed at no cost to our taxpayers and resulting in an almost $2.5 million cost savings over the 15 year term of the agreement, is a prime example of ‘going green and saving green,’ ” East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov said in a prepared statement.
Mironov, along with Council Members Alan Rosenberg and John Zoller, joined EWMUA Executive Director Richard Brand and Chairperson Linda Moore, EWMUA board members and representatives of Solar Landscape to cut the ribbon.
“This additional step toward sustainability helps keep rates down while reducing the East Windsor MUA carbon footprint by 2.5 million pounds a year,” Brand said in the statement.
The 1.66-megawatt solar array, completed and maintained by Solar Landscape, at no cost to the township, was installed on 6.5 acres of the total 130-acre EWMUA property on the south side of Millstone Road, to power the site’s wastewater treatment plant.
The solar panel system is designed to offset nearly 100% of the plant’s energy use, resulting in a savings to the township of over $2.5 million over the 15-year term of the agreement, according to the statement.