Mass. Schools To Cut Costs With New Solar Projects

Solect Energy and Green Street, members of SunPower’s national dealer network, have developed two SunPower solar systems totaling 6.9 MW that will provide electricity to 10 Massachusetts schools.

In Easton and in partnership with SunPower, Solect Energy has constructed a 2.8 MW SunPower solar carport system at Stonehill College. The Catholic liberal arts college will buy electricity generated by the system under a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower. The system is expected to meet about 20% of the college’s energy needs and joins other solar projects previously installed at the school.

“We applaud Stonehill College for its proven commitment to sustainability,” says Scott Howe, partner and senior vice president of sales at Solect Energy. “With the addition of this SunPower solar canopy system, the college now has a grand total of six megawatts of solar installed on campus – and they are able to reinvest savings earned from the solar systems into areas of need such as student scholarships, maintenance, and campus upkeep.”

In Bridgewater, Green Street has developed a 4.1 MW SunPower Helix Roof system at Ajax United Drive LLC. Green Street will own the off-site solar power system – as well as the associated renewable energy credits – while Attleboro Public Schools will buy the power produced through a PPA, saving an estimated $3 million over 20 years, according to SunPower. Energy from the system is expected to meet about 75% of electricity needs for five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.

“With SunPower’s innovative solar solutions, we were able to transform an unused, off-site rooftop into a mini power plant that benefits a number of partners including the building owner and local school district,” says Scott Kerner, CEO of Green Street. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that this SunPower solar system will deliver long-term value to the students of Attleboro by generating meaningful savings that can be reinvested into local classrooms.”

According to SunPower, a total of about 90 workers contributed to both the Stonehill College and Attleboro Public Schools installations during peak construction. SunPower says its solar technology has helped a number of Massachusetts schools save on energy costs, including Cape Cod Community College, Clark University, Edgerly School, Harvard University, and University of Massachusetts Lowell.


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