Project Spotlight - Commercial Solar Installation
Marc Goodin and Marsh Dubaldo, owners of Coventry Self Storage are excited to join the local efforts to Solarize Coventry, CT. Coventry Self Storage it is going green with a state of the art solar system. Coventry Self Storage will produce 100% of its electrical needs with the installation of a 58KW Rooftop Photovoltaic Solar System. The 242 solar panels will be installed on the self storage roof. The system is presently being installed and will be operational July 2014.
Coventry is helping lead Connecticut’s efforts for renewable energy resources and the town of Coventry presently has over 50 solar installations on residential and municipal buildings. This is Coventry’s first solar installation on a commercial property.
Marsh Dubaldo, co-owner of Coventry Self Storage, with their newly-installed solar panels.
Coventry Self Storage uses the majority of its electricity to heat and cool its two climate control buildings. The secondary use of electricity is the lighting throughout the facility.
"While it will take several years to recoup the investment we believe it is important for all businesses to be environmental friendly as possible," said Dubaldo. Coventry Self Storage is also helping its neighbors and friends go green and reduce their carbon foot print by providing recycling for computers and other electronic products. Products can be dropped off Monday - Friday 10 am to 5pm or Saturday 9am to 3pm.
How the solar system works:
The sun bathes the earth with enough energy in one hour to satisfy the entire world’s energy needs for a year! Over 240 solar panels located on the roof capture and create Direct Current (DC) electricity. Four Solar Inverters take the DC electricity and converts it to Alternating Current (AC), which can be used to power Coventry Self Storage. The AC power is directed from the inverts into the local utility system called the grid. The utility company tracks the net energy produced with the utility electrical meter and credits Coventry Self Storage for the electricity it produces.
Encon Solar of Stratford CT is installing the system. Financing by Farmington Bank.
About Coventry Self Storage:
Coventry Self Storage has over 400 units located in 6 buildings, ranging in size from 5’ x 5’ to 10” x 30’. They offer both regular units and climate control units. The facility provides security fencing and cameras, along with gate access to meet their client’s needs. As a full service Self Storage their retail store is open 6 days a week to assist their customers and provide a full range of packing and moving supplies. Coventry Self Storage has been providing the self storage needs of the community since 2004.