The surge of solar development in Massachusetts continues with the addition of 6.9 megawatts between two projects that will benefit 10 schools across the state. Stonehill College in Easton, MA, installed a 2.8 megawatt solar carport system that meets 20 percent of its yearly energy demands. Likewise, Attleboro Public Schools procured 4.1 megawatts of offsite solar that fulfills 75 percent of the district’s annual energy needs, saving an estimated $3 million a year.
"Massachusetts solar installations grew 23 percent in 2016 as an integral part of the state's commitment to creating a diverse, clean energy economy," said Nam Nguyen, SunPower executive vice president. SunPower supplied the systems for the schools in conjunction with developers and installers, Solect Energy and Green Street.
The Stonehill College installation, constructed by Solect Energy, consists of SunPower’s solar canopy carport system. The project took advantage of the state's Department of Energy Resources’ RPS Solar Carve-Out II tax incentive program. The college already installed a 2.7 megawatt solar array on campus in 2014, generating over 3 million kilowatt-hours annually and will save Stonehill an estimated $3.2 million over 15-years.
"We applaud Stonehill College for its proven commitment to sustainability," said 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."
Attleboro Public Schools’ offsite rooftop solar system, located in Bridgewater, MA, is owned and operated by Green Street under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The installation powers five elementary schools, three middle schools and a high school in its district.
"We are thrilled about going solar with Green Street," said Marc Furtado, director of finance for the Attleboro Public Schools. "Not only will the district save millions over the life of the system, but we're having a positive impact on the environment, and setting a great example for our nearly 6,000 students."
The Stonehill College and Attleboro Public Schools projects produced more than 90 solar industry jobs during development and construction. Ranked 6th in the US with almost 1.6 gigawatts of installed solar, Massachusetts’ solar industry employed 14,582 workers in 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Tweet