By Raleigh Gerber on

Clean Energy joined USA Hauling and Recycling and Earthlight Solar in welcoming community leaders to celebrate the completion of a multi-year project in which solar panels were added to the compressed natural gas (CNG) station in East Windsor, Conn. which supports more than 100 CNG refuse trucks in the region.

The USA Hauling and Recycling station at 3-5 Shoham Road is leading the way for trash haulers in America by utilizing multiple forms of clean, sustainable, and cost-effective energy combining CNG from Clean Energy with solar panels from Earthlight Solar.

Gathering to celebrate the grand opening of the Shoham Road natural gas fueling station: (l to r) Matt Antonacci, John Maulucci, and Frank M. Antonacci of USA Hauling and Recycling; Commissioner Katie Dykes, CT DEEP; Mark Riley from Clean Energy; Timothy Schneider and Samuel Schneider of Earthlight Solar.
Gathering to celebrate the grand opening of the Shoham Road natural gas fueling station: (l to r) Matt Antonacci, John Maulucci, and Frank M. Antonacci of USA Hauling and Recycling; Commissioner Katie Dykes, CT DEEP; Mark Riley from Clean Energy; Timothy Schneider and Samuel Schneider of Earthlight Solar.

“Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads and communities,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “We applaud our partner USA Hauling and Recycling for its commitment to this project and for taking the lead to expand the use of natural gas in the region.”

Clean Energy turn-key responsibilities on all USA Hauling and Recycling CNG Stations include design, engineering, permitting, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance, retail, billing and marketing.

“This project aligns with USA Hauling and Recycling’s vision to adopt environmentally-friendly practices and further our sustainability goals,” said Frank M. Antonacci, CEO, USA Hauling and Recycling. “With support from our partners Clean Energy and Earthlight, we are able to provide a public access station that will raise the bar for the industry and make it convenient for other local fleets to convert from diesel to CNG.”

The 742.6kW system installed by Earthlight Solar is made up of 1,689 solar panels and can be expected to produce renewable energy for the next 40 years. The carbon emissions eliminated by switching to solar are equal to 608,024 lbs. of coal or 1,288 barrels of oil.