Technical School Enhances Curriculum With Solar Canopy

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (UCT), a public vocational-technical high school in Bourne, Mass., has installed a 663 kW solar canopy in the school’s existing parking lot. The project was a partnership with Massachusetts-based companies Solect Energy and Green Seal Environmental.

UCT worked with consultancy Green Seal Environmental to develop, design and permit the array. Solect Energy financed, constructed, owns and operates the system, and the company will sell the power generated back to UCT at a fixed rate for the duration of a 20-year power purchase agreement. In addition to powering the school, the Bourne Rec Authority will also be drawing power from the solar array.

The newly constructed solar canopy is expected not only to increase UCT’s current sustainability efforts, but also to enhance the school’s curriculum by showcasing renewable technology in a live setting to the students and staff.

“We are thrilled about the addition of the new solar canopy to our school,” says Bob Dutch, superintendent at UCT. “The solar array marks a new venture for Upper Cape Cod Tech’s students and staff, who will be able to utilize the technology as part of their curriculum. We are especially thankful to Solect for enabling our school to experience significant savings on our energy costs.”

“It was a pleasure partnering with Upper Cape Cod Tech on this project,” said Ken Driscoll, CEO at Solect Energy. “It is a wonderful thing to provide schools with solar energy, as the benefits are plentiful to the school, its students and staff, and the environment – even more so with UCT, as the array is helping to power Bourne’s Recreation Authority as well.”


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