Cronig’s final solar canopy is complete


The construction of the third and final solar canopy over the Cronig’s Market parking lot on State Road in Vineyard Haven is complete. Vehicle drivers rushed to park under the structure to get out of the rain before the fencing around the construction site was completely removed on Monday, market owner Steve Bernier told The Times.

Mr. Bernier said that the panels will go on line as soon as an NStar inspector approves the project. That approval could be as early as Thursday, he said.

The first two parallel canopies, covering the side parking lot of the grocery store, went on-line in August. They are designed to produce 64 kilowatts (Kw) of electricity each. The final panel installation, larger than the first two, has an electrical production capacity of 83 Kw. The entire project cost approximately $1 million dollars.

Mr. Bernier said that the side lot solar canopies did not provoke as much negative reaction as the larger one that now covers almost one half of the front parking lot. One critic suggested he put the front one up over the town’s Park and Ride lot rather than obscure the front of his store. Mr. Bernier said, “The idea is to put canopies up there too.”

The canopy project was conceived and financed by the Vineyard Power Cooperative which leases the space from Cronig’s Market. Solaire Generation, a New York company, designed and manufactured the components. The South Mountain Company of West Tisbury managed the construction. The project is projected to pay for itself in about ten years.