Stamford, Conn.-based Green Street Power Partners LLC (GSPP) and California-based Swinerton Renewable Energy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the completion of a 315 kW rooftop solar system at Gann Academy, an independent Jewish high school in Waltham, Mass.
The school is buying the power generated from the solar system at a discounted rate through a power purchase agreement from GSPP. The PV array is expected to generate approximately 394,000 kWh of electricity annually, offsetting roughly 25% of Gann’s electricity usage. Additionally, over the 25-year lifetime of the system, Gann will realize over $600,000 in savings. At the ceremony, GSPP also presented Gann with a donation.
“Bringing solar power to more schools is a primary goal for our team at GSPP,” says Scott Kerner, CEO and co-founder of GSPP. “Gann Academy has prioritized the importance of renewable energy at their school, and we are very excited to help them achieve their green energy goals.”
According to the developer, Gann Academy’s solar project had uniquely humble beginnings: The idea of bringing solar to the school – what kick-started the project – originated from a group of students interested in helping the environment.
“Energizing our school with solar power exemplifies Gann’s values,” states Rabbi Marc Baker, head of the school. “Our mission statement talks about ethical responsibility, empowering our students and building a better world. This project is such a beautiful example of this mission in action.”
The system was constructed by Swinerton Renewable Energy.
“Gann Academy joins nearly 5,000 K-12 schools across the U.S. in recognizing that an investment in solar is an investment in their students, staff and community,” says George Hershman, general manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy. “Solar installations save thousands of dollars in electricity bills, freeing up funds for improved facilities, additional teachers and more extracurricular programs. We’re pleased to partner with Green Street to bring clean power to Gann Academy.”