NORTH BRANFORD — Independence Solar has completed a 124 kW rooftop solar array for Engineering Specialties Inc., a provider of precision metal stamping and machining for automotive and manufacturing applications. As the largest solar project to date in North Branford, the 494-panel installation will supply 65 percent of the annual electrical usage at ESI’s 30,500-square-foot facility.

ESI officials say the company’s investment in the solar system aligns with its overall energy-efficiency mission. Since moving to its current location in 2006, ESI has installed energy-efficient lighting, mechanicals and air-handling systems. Said ESI President Ron Delfini: “Installing a solar PV system makes sense financially and complements our efforts to optimize energy efficiency. The economics for solar in Connecticut are favorable and Independence Solar helped us navigate through the entire process from initial feasibility into commercial operation.”

Added James Schwartz, vice president of Independence Solar, “ESI is exactly the type of forward-thinking, innovative company we want to work with. They are continually looking for ways to grow their business and enhance profitability over the long term. The solar system fits well with those objectives."

The system is connected to the United Illuminating Co.’s electrical network and has a 15-year contract secured with the utility through the Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Certificate program.