March 2, 2018

Riverside Park boathouse goes solar

Riverfront Recapture
Riverfront Recapture
A crew from Sunlight Solar Energy puts the finishing touches on a Riverside Park array.

Riverfront Recapture said it's flipped the switch on a rooftop solar array that will offset 82 percent of the electricity needs in the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse, located in Hartford's Riverside Park.

Sunlight Solar Energy installed the 40-kilowatt system, which was energized on Feb 19.

The nonprofit Riverfront Recapture said the system cost $103,000. Riverfront rents the boathouse out for private events and also uses it for its community rowing program for youths and adults.

Riverfront says the solar panels build on previous sustainability work in its parks, including a 2014 upgrade to outdoor LED lighting.

The organization hopes extend its Riverwalk trail system to Windsor by about two miles to provide a carbon-free transportation option.

"We couldn't be happier about our decision to bring solar power to our parks," CEO Michael said in a statement. "This marks a significant milestone in our overall commitment to increase conservation of natural resources and reduce our environmental footprint."

Riverfront's marketing manager, Tara Cantor, said Friday that the solar array had generated 1.1 megawatt hours of electricity since Feb. 20.

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