Defeo Manufacturing: Powering Transmissions with Solar

Company Overview     

Defeo Manufacturing is a light manufacturing firm founded in 1984 that manufactures commonly needed replacement parts for significant transmissions brand. The firm manufactures and sells parts like gasket kits, seals, bushings, bearings, solenoids, hard parts, clutches, filters, bushings, sensors, accumulators, shifters, and many more throughout the industry. Today, Defeo parts and transmissions can be found in over 50 countries spanning all 7 continents.


Having purchased the property in 2016, Defeo Manufacturing quickly recognized the efficiency of using commercial PACE (C-PACE) financing to replace a failing roof  while tapping the energy savings available through renewable sources, namely solar.  This strategy allowed the firm to maintain cash flow by taking advantage of 15 year financing, plus Greenworks Lending and the contractor Ross Solar helped Defeo secure the DECD “Energy on the Line” grant (the first awarded in the State) and a ZREC contract to reduce costs and provide income from the sale of renewable power produced. Ross Solar engineered and placed a 64.7 kW roof mounted solar system projected to produce an output of 80,000 kWh per year.


Year 1 Savings
Business Type Manufacturing
Building Type Warehouse/ industrial
Project Type 64kW Solar and Structural (roof)
Project Cost $397,000
Term 15 Years

Property Summary

57 Commerce is a 20,397 SF light manufacturing building sitting on 1.4 acres in Brookfield, CT. The property is designed to house light manufacturing with additional room for office space. The building is located within 1/4 mile of Route 7 and one mile of I-84. The Brookfield Commerce Drive Business Park houses other light manufacturing and industrial buildings including Greentree Toyota Service Center, A B Electronics, and Lindcare.


Ross Solar was started by the Ross family in Connecticut and has installed over 14 Megawatts of solar in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Ross Solar has been an Elite SunPower dealer since 2011 and offers highly-efficient solar panels from SunPower as well as other manufacturers. Recently acquired by ConEdison Solutions, Ross Solar now offers the strength and stability and energy expertise that few companies in the solar industry can provide.