Ameresco Inc. and the Town of Easton, Mass., have partnered to install rooftop solar systems totaling over 700 kW on two Easton schools.
Ameresco will design, build, own and operate the projects, which will include 2,299 panels, and the town has entered into a power purchase agreement with the developer. The developer expects the projects will generate approximately $79,000 in net metering credits in the first year and upwards of $1.24 million over the 20-year term of the agreement for the Town of Easton.
“It’s exciting to see the solar initiatives at our high school and middle school finally coming to reality,” says Town Administrator David Colton. “Solar projects like this are not only good for the environment, but for our town’s bottom line. This project allows us to save over a million dollars in energy expenses over the next 20 years without any capital costs incurred by the town or our schools.”
“Not only fiscally prudent for the town, the solar generation provides an excellent learning opportunity for students to experience firsthand, clean energy and sustainable practices as part of their overall education,” adds David J. Anderson, executive vice president at Ameresco.
Construction of the rooftop projects, located at the Oliver Ames High School and the Easton Middle School, is expected to begin this summer.