The Connecticut Siting Council is close to a decision on a United Illuminating Co. petition for a declaratory ruling that no Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need is required for the proposed construction, maintenance and operation of a 2.2 MW (ac) solar photovoltaic facility and a 2.8 MW (ac) Fuel Cell facility.
The projects would be located on approximately 22 acres of the former Seaside Landfill located at 350 Waldemere Avenue, Bridgeport, Conn. The council on Oct. 29 issued proposed findings on the application.
UI is proposing the 2.2-MW solar facility and the 2.8-MW fuel cell facility in response to Public Act 11-80, Section 127, An Act Concerning the Establishment of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Planning for Connecticut’s Energy Future, that permits electric distribution companies to construct, own, or operate Class I renewable energy facilities. The Act further specifies that each company can manage up to 10 MW of renewable energy with each renewable generating facility rated between 1 MW and 5 MW.
The fuel cell facility would consist of a 2.8-MW molten carbonate fuel cell facility manufactured by FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Conn.
UI would install 8,550 solar photovoltaic (PV) polycrystalline panels and associated ground equipment within the solar field.