Solar Power Partners, a Mill Valley, Calif.-based independent power producer, has partnered with Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., to complete a 158.6 kW photovoltaic system at the school.
‘Combined with our other conservation efforts, including a co-generator, our new PV system will help us reduce the electricity we consume from the grid by 37.5 percent – results that we can see already,’ states Ann S. Pollina, head of school at Westover.
Westover entered into a 20-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with SPP, backed by US Bank. Under the terms of the solar PPA, SPP owns, operates and maintains the system, and sells the electricity generated by the solar panels back to Westover at a fixed rate for the life of the contract.
SPP contracted with Wilton, Conn.-based Alteris Renewables to design, engineer, build and maintain the system. The solar installation, which is expected to produce an estimated 180,487 kWh in the first year of operation, was installed on two buildings, including a dormitory that was built in 1909.
The project was made possible in part by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.
SOURCE: Solar Power Partners