It's a state-of-the art substation, that will make energy more reliable, affordable and locally independent for nearly four thousand rate-payers in Norwalk's third taxing district.
Commissioners of the Third Taxing District (TTD) celebrated the completion of the $8 million Fitch Street substation project with local dignitaries at a dedication ceremony on Friday.
"It's even more remarkable, as you learned that it came in on time and under budget," said mayor Harry Rilling. "This is something that we will invest in the infrastructure of the third taxing district for 50, 60 years out. It brings us into the modern era of providing electricity."
"This project has taken us from a company whose responsibility was strictly distribution to a company that also had responsibility for the transmission of power," said TTD Commission Chairman Charlie Yost. "We're no longer dependent on CL&P. East Norwalk now gets its power now from the iso-regional grid from those tall towers up there."
Those towers carry 115,000 volts. From there over 27,000 volts are transmitted to substation, where the final 4,100 volts are distributed through surrounding poles and wires throughout east Norwalk.
The substation has been operating for several months now and TTD commissioners say with joint efforts from Eaton Corporation, it has been one of largest projects East Norwalk has seen.
"It's exciting to help install the first new substation constructed in the district since 1980," said George Catechis of Eaton Corporation. "This substation will strengthen grid reliability and help reduce unplanned power outages with an estimated savings to consumers of $5 million over the next 10 years."
"Norwalk is a city that is growing, its a city that has a demand for electricity, it's a city that wants its lights on," said Senator Bob Duff.
"The demographics and the economy changes, it puts pressure on pricing and we're hoping make sure that it is going to be consistent going forward, but I can assure the rate payers that it will be very competitive, more competitive than our neighboring utilities," said Yost.
The substation is located at 6 Fitch Street.