Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community

Solar Photovoltaic


System Size (kW DC): 107.80



Expected Annual Electricity Generation (kWh): 102,784




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Sustainable Living at Shoreline Community


Essex Meadows Lifecare Retirement Community has implemented a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives.  Geothermal heating and cooling, water conservation, energy-efficient light bulbs and, now, solar photovoltaics are among the community’s initiatives to protect the environment.


The residents of the retirement community have played, and continue to play, an active role in the drive for sustainable living.  Through a special green subcommittee of the Residents’ Council, they have suggested many of the community’s green initiatives.  The chairman of the Residents’ Council said that Essex Meadows and its residents have been pioneers of innovative retirement living for the last two decades. He noted that they continue to look for strategic opportunities, such as the grant from CCEF, to help them foster their tradition of environmental stewardship.


The installation of the solar PV system was enthusiastically supported by the residents, owners and employees. Consisting of 616 solar panels covering 8,747 square feet of roof space, the solar PV system at the retirement community generates up to 6% of the facility’s total electrical needs. The project was supported by a grant from CCEF, as well as funding from Essex Meadows Property, Inc., which is the property owner, and the Essex Meadows Reserve Fund, which consists of resident-contributed funds.


In recognition of the retirement community’s outstanding efforts, CCEF presented Essex Meadows with a 2009 Connecticut Clean Energy Award. The retirement community was recognized for its solar PV system as well as for its outreach to residents to increase awareness about the importance of clean energy.




Environmental Benefits


Annual Emissions Avoided (lbs.) *


 114,094  90  59  217



The energy produced by this system is equivalent to:


The needs
of 12 homes

Removing the
emissions for 9 cars

Planting 19 acres of trees



Additional Information


Essex Meadows Properties

30 Bokum Street 

Essex, CT 06426


Jennifer Rannestad




Are tours of this facility available? No




System installed by:


Gloria Spire Solar



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* Learn about how we calculate avoided emissions here