Nonprofit Ice Rink Covers Half Of Its Energy Needs With Solar

Charles Moore Arena (CMA), a nonprofit ice rink in Orleans, Mass., and Solect Energy have completed a 345 kW rooftop solar system at the arena. Solect says the installation will help stabilize and reduce CMA’s biggest operating outlay, as the array will cover 50% of its energy demands.

Built in 1972 as a privately owned rink, CMA offers programs including Learn to Skate, Summer Cross-Ice Youth Hockey, In-House Hockey, Lower Cape Youth Hockey, and more. Looking for opportunities to save on the cost of electricity, rink manager Tony Nannini turned to solar energy as the long-term solution.

“Going solar was the perfect opportunity for us to take control of our energy costs, and we’re excited to experience the benefits. It has already helped us solve issues with our roof as well,” says Tony. “We’re also grateful to have worked with the expert team at Solect on the installation, which helped us every step of the way.”

The rooftop array is financed under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Solect, meaning Solect owns and operates the solar array and sells the power generated back to the arena at a reduced, fixed rate for the duration of the agreement. In this case, CMA enjoys substantial cost savings while avoiding up-front capital outlays, according to Solect.

“We were happy to work with a nonprofit like Charles Moore Arena which brings wonderful community programs to the town of Orleans,” says Bob Plakias, director of business development at Solect Energy. “The solar system was a perfect fit for them; it will help them save on energy costs while having simultaneously fixed their roof, and the environmental benefits are, of course, a plus.”

With the savings gained from the solar array installed by Solect, CMA will now be able to put that money to better use by continuing to operate efficiently and offer skating programs to the community at a lower cost.

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