Stamford Twin Rinks
System Size (kW DC): 305.76
Expected Annual Electricity Generation (kWh): 291,975
Power from Sun Keeps Ice from Melting
In May 2010, Stamford Twin Rinks unveiled a 305.76-kilowatt solar electric system on the rooftop of its facility. The solar array, which consists of 1,456 solar panels, will supply approximately 15 percent of the annual electricity needs of the facility’s two ice skating rinks, as well as its fitness center, kitchens and offices.
Since the Stamford Twin Rinks facility was built in 1996, it has been a shining example of energy conscious construction. While the building was under construction, the development team participated in the Energy Conscious Construction program of CL&P; this ensured that many energy efficiency features were incorporated into the facility. With the installation of the highly efficient, state-of-the-art solar electric system in 2010, the green-minded owners took a further step to reduce the building’s carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels. This new system enables the owners to enjoy energy cost savings, which, for an energy-intensive facility, can be substantial.
“This project demonstrates our continued commitment to the environment and our goal to be a good neighbor in Fairfield County,” said Mark Zito, general manager of Stamford Twin Rinks.
Stamford Twin Rinks not only helps the city of Stamford avoid brownouts with its solar electric system, which reduces demand on the local utility grid, but also teaches the benefits of clean, renewable energy. A monitor in the lobby offers visitors a glimpse of system production data, showing that when demand for electricity is greatest (mid-day), the solar panels’ output is also greatest. Visitors can see that the system is a win-win for the rinks and the city.
Annual Emissions Avoided (lbs.) *
The energy produced by this system is equivalent to:
of 35 homes
emissions for 27 cars
Planting 55 acres of trees
Stamford Twin Rinks
1063 Hope Street
Stamford, CT 06907
Are tours of this facility available? No
System installed by:
American Carrera Tech
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* Learn about how we calculate avoided emissions here