A solar-powered compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in East Windsor, CT was recently completed by Clean Energy Fuels Corp., USA Hauling and Recycling, and Earthlight Solar. The station, which uses solar to power the equipment that fuels natural gas trucks, has nearly 1,700 rooftop solar panels, installed by Earthlight Solar. The 742.6 kW solar project is expected to produce renewable energy for the next 40 years and avoid carbon emissions equal to nearly 610,000 pounds of coal burned for fuel.
State Sen. Saud Anwar, D-South Windsor, recently joined Frank Antonacci, president of USA Hauling and Recycling, and Katie Dykes, commissioner at Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, along with other project partners, for the grand opening of the station. “USA Hauling provides waste hauling and recycling across most parts of our state, and we can take pride in the face that this organization’s trucks are far more energy-efficient with a lower carbon footprint and impact on our environment,” said Anwar. “I hope this project will be looked at as a model for others to follow in the country to continue to reduce our carbon footprint nationwide.”
“USA Hauling and Recycling is proving out such an important model for businesses in the state of Connecticut,” said Dykes. “We know at the department that this project sits at the intersection of our highest environmental and climate priorities, from waste management to renewable energy deployment and greening transportation. It presents a model we hope many others follow.”