Windsor Technology Park
Windsor Technology Park (WTP) recently added a 1.53-Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system from Norwich Solar Technologies to the roof of their commercial and industrial facility. The solar project supplies lower cost renewable energy to the complex as well as the Living Well Group retirement communities and Thetford Academy.
Windsor Technology Park facilities includes office/industrial/manufacturing/distribution and storage space. WTP encompasses 30 acres with approximately 1,000 feet of frontage on the Connecticut River and on-site rail service. It consists of two buildings just off the Main Street in the middle of downtown Windsor; which together offer approximately 250,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space.
The property is the former site of Cone Blanchard, a prominent 20th century machine tool manufacturer that built large grinding machines and multi spindle lathes. The property and buildings were purchased by the current owners in 2006 with the vision of developing a technology incubator, with office space, manufacturing and warehouse space all within the facility.
WTP Managing Partners believe: “Windsor Technology Park, a unique multifunctional complex is an ideal location for solar arrays. The rooftop units will provide solar energy to our facility so we and the other businesses receiving power will benefit. We also see this project as an upgrade to our facility and attractive feature for future tenants. We are excited to be part of Vermont’s alternative energy production initiative that will directly benefit our tenants, the investors, and our company.”
Besides cutting energy costs, WTP’s solar array will offset nearly 7.5 million lbs. of CO2, the equivalent of 60 million miles not driven or 400,000 trees planted.