More than 200 solar panels planned for Southington’s new senior center

More than 200 solar panels planned for Southington’s new senior center

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SOUTHINGTON — More than 200 solar panels are planned for the roof of the town’s recently-completed senior center.

The new Calendar House building was constructed to support a roof-mounted solar array, according to Director Robert Verderame.

“We made the roof structurally sound for them,” he said Wednesday. “We are prepared to have them put on the roof.”

During its meeting Tuesday, the Town Council discussed the solar panels but postponed a decision.

Councilor John Barry, a Democrat and chairman of the public works subcommittee, said the delay will allow the town to gather more information and documents. He was confident the panels would eventually be installed.

“Ultimately it’s going to pass (the Town Council),” Barry said.

The former Calendar House senior center was torn down and a new, larger building was constructed. Verderame said the installation of solar panels on the roof wouldn’t disrupt senior center activities.

He was also pleased at the prospect of utility savings.

“Anything to save money, that’s a good thing,” Verderame said.

Barry said estimated savings from vendors have to be considered carefully.

“There’s the anticipated savings and there’s the actual savings,” he said. “What they say you’re going to save isn’t what you’re actually going to save.”

However, the installation of solar power does help the town diversify its energy sources. Barry feels Southington is ahead of other towns in embracing solar.

“This is just another example of the aggressive approach that we’ve taken,” he said.

The council is likely to take up the issue again at its next meeting.

Twitter: @JBuchananRJ

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