WOBURN CONTINUES TO BE LEADER IN GREEN ENERGY PRODUCTION—NEW SOLAR SYSTEM ON JOYCE MIDDLE SCHOOL TO SAVE THE CITY $29,000 A YEAR

WOBURN, Mass., Oct. 16, 2019 – Solect Energy has completed the installation of a 300-kilowatt (kW) DC solar energy system on the roof of the Daniel L. Joyce Middle School at 55 Locust Street, Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin announced today.

The 798-panel system will reduce the school’s price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity by 64 percent, saving approximately $29,000 in the first year. Over the life of the contract, electric bill savings are projected to be at least $500,000, based on current Eversource electricity rates. If the utility’s rates rise, the savings to the school increase.

 

 

The renewable energy system will reduce air pollution by avoiding the emission of 580,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air per year. Over 20 years, the avoided CO2 emissions equate to that of driving a car 13,450,000 miles.

The Joyce Middle School solar energy system is the first of three the City is installing on local schools with Solect Energy, under the PowerOptions consortium program. Solar panels will also be installed on the Hurld-Wyman Elementary School and the Goodyear Elementary School. The solar panels will produce clean energy, which will be used right at the site to power the schools.

“The City of Woburn is a designated Green Community and we have undertaken ambitious energy efficiency measures, saving money for the City and reducing our carbon footprint. We are already enjoying substantial savings as a result of two recently completed solar array projects. The hugely successful 3.4 Mega Watt (MW) solar farm built on the former land fill has generated over $1.3 in net metering revenue for the city over the last two years. In addition, our 260 kW solar system on the Kennedy Middle School roof has generated over $30,000 / year in energy savings for the School Department,” said Mayor Scott Galvin.

 

 

“Every dollar saved on our electric bills is a dollar we can apply to students, which was a major factor in the decision to go solar. But we benefit from this renewable energy system academically, too. Solect Energy’s web-based monitoring application will be used by teachers as part of our STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum,” said Woburn Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Crowley, Ph.D.

“The City of Woburn is a long-time member of PowerOptions, and we are proud that they’ve turned to us again for their solar needs. Our mission is to help communities save time and money on energy, so more resources can be directed toward serving the public. With our program, Woburn sees the full benefits of state and federal incentives through their lower price—a win for students, teachers and community members,” said PowerOptions CEO Cynthia A. Arcate.

“The City of Woburn shows great leadership in recognizing that solar is an easy way to save money that can then be redirected to more important uses. Mayor Galvin and Superintendent Crowley also realized some time ago that solar is a fast way to achieve those savings, thanks to the efficiency of contracting through the PowerOptions Solar Program with Solect,” said Solect Energy CEO Ken Driscoll.

Together, Solect Energy and PowerOptions have reduced energy costs for more than 60 government agencies, cities, towns, schools and nonprofits across Massachusetts.

 

About PowerOptions

Established in 1998, PowerOptions is a nonprofit energy buying consortium that delivers cost savings and predictability to nonprofits and the public sector in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. With more than 400 members, collective strength yields optimal pricing and stability for the entire membership of organizations both large and small. Any nonprofit or public entity is eligible to join PowerOptions and benefit from programs for electricity supply, natural gas supply, solar and electric vehicle charging stations. For more information, go to www.poweroptions.org.

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy of Hopkinton, Mass., is the tenth-largest commercial solar developer in the country. Solect helps commercial and industrial businesses, state government, cities and towns, and nonprofits in New England and Illinois transform the way they manage and optimize energy. The company’s services include solar financing, design, engineering, installation, operations and maintenance, 24/7 system monitoring, and utility bill monitoring. Products include rooftop and canopy solar energy systems, and solar energy storage systems that provide electricity during power outages, and the ability to use stored solar when utility prices are at a premium. Solect was founded in 2009 and employs 70 people.

Tufts Adds New Solar Energy Systems, Expands Its Commitment Clean Energy

Tufts adds new solar energy systems, expands its commitment to clean energy. A new roof-mounted solar photovoltaic installation on Lewis Hall located on the Medford/Somerville campus of Tufts University is expected to save the university thousands of dollars over the next 20 years and reduce its carbon footprint.

Solect Energy Awarded Competitive RFP Contract with the City of Medford for a Microgrid Energy Management System

Solar PV System, Energy Storage System and Generator will Provide Medford DPW  with Highly Efficient and Resilient Operations

 

Medford, MA – Solect Energy, the state’s leading commercial-scale developer and installer of solar energy systems, announced today that they have been awarded a competitive RFP contract to engineer, procure, install, and service a microgrid energy management system at the City’s Department of Public Works (DPW). The system includes a 235kW PV solar array which has already been installed by Solect through their partnership with PowerOptions, an 100kW/255kWh NEC Distributed Storage Solution (DSS) and an emergency generator.

The City of Medford applied for and was awarded a MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative Grant of $833,000. The grant funds the comprehensive microgrid and energy storage system demonstration project, and is one of several that the Commonwealth is supporting to prove the value of distributed renewable energy technologies for municipal preparedness in extreme conditions. The project will result in a resilient and highly efficient operations center to serve the City and its residents in any conditions, including loss of grid power.   

“Solect’s Microgrid RFP was strong and compelling, and they were extremely helpful with each step of the way from the proposal, installation of the PV system to the DOER grant extension,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “The microgrid system will enable us to make great strides in our goal of highly efficient, resilient buildings. We look forward to collaborating with Solect on this project and demonstrating to the Commonwealth and the citizens of the City of Medford, the value of distributed renewable energy systems.”

An added benefit of the microgrid’s solar + storage combination, is the ability to lower expensive demand charges.  Demand charges are based on a customer’s monthly peak load, and in many cases [in Massachusetts] can account for up to 70% of a commercial customer’s electricity bill. In addition, the City can take full advantage of the storage capacity to more effectively participate in a range of Demand Response programs to further reduce operating expenses.

“We salute Mayor Burke, Alicia Hunt and the City of Medford for the attention and emphasis they are placing on resiliency planning for their city buildings and harnessing solar plus storage to deliver high efficiency, energy stability and cost savings,” said Kenneth Driscoll, President and CEO at Solect Energy.  “We applaud their vision and have high expectations that the system will deliver on those goals, while also allowing the City to reduce their expenses over the next twenty years.”

 

About the City of Medford

Founded in 1630, Medford is the fourth oldest English settlement in America. Established as a City in 1892, Medford is one of the oldest settlements in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the US.

Medford was a leader in the Clipper Ship building industry and manufactured brick and tile. In addition, Medford was famous for its “Medford Rum” and “Medford Crackers.” Revolutionary war patriot Sarah Bradlee Fulton lived here. General George Washington visited here during the Revolutionary War, while Paul Revere came through on his famous ride, waking up Medford residents with “the British are coming!” Medford is also the home to abolitionists Prince Hall and Lydia Maria Child, cooking school founder Fannie Farmer, General Samuel Lawrence, who fought at the battle of Bull Run, and former Massachusetts Governor John Brooks. The Christmas Song “Jingle Bells” was written here by James Pierpont.

The name Medford is thought to have come from “the ford by the meadow” or “Medford” thus commemorating the importance of the fordable part of the Mystic River located just west of present-day Medford Square.

The original area of Medford was owned by Mathew Cradock, the first Governor of the Massachusetts colonies. Although Cradock never saw it, he employed men to develop his land into a plantation. After his death, the plantation passed to his heirs and then was sold en masse in 1652 to Edward Collins. The area was designated a “peculiar” which signified that it was private property and not a properly incorporated town. Collins began selling pieces of land to others after 1656. In 1684, Medford was granted the right to raise its own money by the General Court. For more information, visit www.medford-ma.gov or follow us on Twitter at @MedfordMass or @GoGreenMedford.

 

PowerOptions Renews Agreement with Solect Energy to Develop Solar Projects for Nonprofits and Public Entities

  • Salem State First to Benefit from Renewed Collaboration

Hopkinton, MA – Jan. 31, 2019 – Solect Energy, the leading full-service commercial-scale solar developer and installer in Massachusetts and PowerOptions, the largest energy-buying group in New England, announced the renewal of their multi-year partnership. Solect will continue to lead PowerOption’s Small Systems Solar program, providing savings and certainty for local communities, state owned buildings, and not for profits. The completed projects to date are estimated to save $20 million for PowerOptions members.

The Small Systems Solar program provides competitively priced and pre-negotiated contract terms for solar systems less than 300 kilowatts (kW), and reflects the benefits of leveraging the potential for multiple projects across the consortium made up of more than 400 nonprofit and public entities. The program will provide savings for members and a hedge against future cost increases over the life of the 20-year solar power purchase agreements (PPA).

“Solect has a proven track record, and our members continue to provide positive feedback,” said Cynthia A. Arcate, President and CEO of PowerOptions. “Being a local company who has worked with hundreds of commercial and institutional customers, Solect understands our members’ needs and are adept at maximizing the potential for each project.”

The partnership is well timed to help public and non-profit organizations across Massachusetts as the Commonwealth rolls out its new solar energy incentive program (named SMART) with specific “adders” that significantly lower electric costs for the end customer, and it includes additional incentives for public entities. In addition, these organizations can take advantage of state grant opportunities like the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Leading by Example (LBE) grant program which delivers further incentive and direct savings for state entities that commit to clean energy initiatives. Solect is also a certified prime contractor for energy management for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM).

“We are thrilled to have been selected by PowerOptions to serve this key segment of the nonprofit and government community that they represent,” said Ken Driscoll, founding principal and CEO at Solect Energy. “Our partnership with PowerOptions has proven that Solect can truly make a difference for public and non-profit organizations to further their missions by reducing their energy costs and making solar procurement, installation, financing and management as streamlined and as simple as possible. The timing couldn’t be better for these organizations to take advantage of solar energy.”

In a first of its kind project, Salem State University recently leveraged their PowerOptions membership by contracting with Solect for three solar energy systems (totaling 387 kW).  As recently announced by the state, Solect also helped the University apply for the Leading By Example grant program. Salem State received the first grant from the 2018 LBE Solar Program which reduces the price of their PPA by $.03/kWh. In total, the solar energy systems will save as much as $1 million over the 20-year life of the projects. As a DCAMM Certified contractor, Solect manages all aspects of the projects from design engineering through installation and commissioning.

“We are proud to partner with Solect and PowerOptions in bringing more solar power to the university,” said Tara Gallagher, Sustainability Coordinator at Salem State University. “We are grateful that, as a Massachusetts state agency, we were able to take advantage of a seamless and streamlined process through collaborating with Solect and PowerOptions.”

About PowerOptions

PowerOptions® is the largest energy buying consortium in Massachusetts, serving more than 400 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities with combined annual energy sales of roughly $200 million. With supply programs for electricity, natural gas, and solar power, PowerOptions provides its members budget certainty and savings, as well as best-in-industry consumer protections. Joining is easy—any nonprofit or public institution in Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island may become a member and participate in this collective purchasing effort. For more information, visit www.poweroptions.org.

ROOFTOP SOLAR ARRAY PROJECTED TO COVER 100% OF MEDFORD DPW’S ELECTRICITY NEEDS

The City of Medford has collaborated with Solect Energy, the state’s leading commercial-scale developer and installer of solar energy systems, and PowerOptions, the region’s largest energy buying consortium, to install a 235 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of the City’s new DPW Building. The array consists of 588 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are projected to produce approximately 300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually. Medford anticipates the array will generate nearly 100 percent of the DPW’s annual demand for electricity, for a projected first year savings of $11,000.

“The City has been making strides towards our mission of fiscal and environmental stewardship,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We are pleased to make these investments in and commitments to our community and remain dedicated to expanding our goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.”

The City of Medford was able to install the solar array with no up-front costs through the Solect Energy and PowerOptions Solar Program. Under the program, Solect Energy financed, installed, and will service the roof-top solar array, while the DPW receives the power generated at a fixed price for a period of 20 years under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiated with PowerOptions.

“At PowerOptions, our mission is to help communities save time and money on energy, so more resources can be directed toward serving the public,” said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia Arcate. “We applaud the City of Medford’s forward-thinking approach to energy and resiliency.”

The City of Medford is committed to a region-wide effort towards a carbon neutrality goal by 2050, as part of the Boston Metro Mayors Coalition. As such, Medford has committed to reducing their carbon footprint and doing their part for climate change mitigation under the administration of Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. This leadership is supplemented by the City Council’s unanimous vote supporting the solar initiative last summer.

“Installing solar was always a part of the plan at the new DPW building, as it was constructed to be solar ready,” said Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment for the City of Medford. “Our partnership with PowerOptions was instrumental in executing projects and we are actively pursuing solar on other municipal buildings as well.”

In addition to the solar array, the new energy-efficient DPW building will be outfitted with an energy storage solution, and a fully functional micro-grid funded by a MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative Grant of $700,000. The City’s strategy is to harden the DPW and be resilient to increased potential of electric grid outages and provide continuous service in the event of an emergency.

“Solect commends the City of Medford for their renewable energy and resiliency initiatives,” said Matt Shortsleeve, Vice President of Development at Solect Energy. “We are proud to play a role in this project, and more broadly the City of Medford’s transition to clean and resilient operations.”