Lincoln Theater Photovoltaic Panels
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Photovoltaic Panels

On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, the University of Hartford “threw the switch” to mark the beginning of the operation of a fixed array of photovoltaic panels on the roof of Lincoln Theater.

Sixty-three modules/solar panels, laid out in three groups of 21 panels, are installed on the roof of Lincoln Theater. Each 21-panel grouping is three panels deep by seven panels across.

It is estimated that the panels will generate about 17,500 kilowatt hours per year, which is approximately 10 percent of Lincoln Theater’s electrical power needs.

The total cost to furnish and install the fixed arrays at Lincoln Theater was approximately $137,000 ($112,000 for the materials and $25,000 for installation). The manufacturer of the array is RW Schott. Design, system integration and installation was done by Solar Works.

The installation was made possible by Connecticut Innovations through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund with assistance from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency fund, administered by Connecticut Light & Power.

The second phase of the project is the installation of an array of photovoltaic cells that will track the sun as it crosses the sky each day. The exact location of where the tracking array will be sited is still being decided. The University hopes that installation of the tracking array will happen later this summer.