Temple Aliyah Partners with Solect Energy and PowerOptions to Install 81 kW Rooftop Solar Array

Solar Array is One of State’s Largest Systems on a House of Worship

November 6, 2017 NEEDHAM, MA – Temple Aliyah, an egalitarian Conservative congregation, has partnered with Solect Energy, the state’s leading commercial-scale installer of solar energy systems, and PowerOptions, the region’s largest energy buying consortium, to install an 81 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the synagogue’s roof. The solar array consists of 265 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is expected to produce 85,170 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy annually. The power generated will cover 92 percent of the synagogue’s energy needs. It is projected that Temple Aliyah will save approximately $6,600 in energy expenses in the first year, and nearly $245,000 over the course of 20 years.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new system was held at Temple Aliyah on Sunday, Nov. 5. Guests included representatives from the synagogue’s solar partners, Solect Energy and PowerOptions; State Rep. Denise Garlick; and Michael Greis of Green Needham Collaborative.

The synagogue’s new solar energy system came to fruition through Solect’s partnership with PowerOptions, which selected Solect as the developer for its small systems solar program. Temple Aliyah has been a member of PowerOptions’ energy buying consortium for several years. When it became clear that the synagogue would pursue solar energy, they again looked to PowerOptions for assistance. Temple Aliyah was able to pursue a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) through PowerOptions’ solar program with Solect Energy. Under the terms of the PPA, Solect owns the synagogue’s system, covering the costs of procuring, installing, operating and maintaining it. Solect then sells the synagogue electricity generated by the array at a substantially reduced, fixed rate — saving Temple Aliyah thousands of dollars each year.

“Temple Aliyah is always looking for opportunities to reduce the synagogue’s carbon footprint and to reduce operational costs,” said Fred Borgenicht, Temple Aliyah’s Vice President of Operations. “Installing solar panels through the PowerOptions program was a no-brainer since they had already done the hard work of conducting a competitive solicitation for the best deal and negotiated the pricing and contract terms.”

“At Temple Aliyah, we are focused on making a better future for our community, both large and small,” said David Farbman, Temple Aliyah President. “We believe that by significantly reducing our carbon footprint by hosting one of the largest solar arrays of any house of worship in the state, we are helping both our synagogue and our wider world at the same time.”

“Temple Aliyah turned to solar to substantially reduce their operating costs,” said Alex Keally, Partner and SVP of Business Operations at Solect Energy. “The Synagogue’s flat roof made it ideal for installing a large array that could generate 90+ percent of their electricity needs. We applaud the synagogue’s leadership on their move to solar, and for now having the distinction of hosting one of the largest solar systems on a house of worship in the state of Massachusetts.”

Said Rabbi Carl Perkins, “Our tradition teaches us that we have a duty ‘to till and to tend’ the precious world which is our collective home. That implies that we must seek to conserve natural resources, including energy. By capturing some of the energy contained in the sunlight falling on our property, we are making progress in our quest to be faithful stewards of this precious collective home which has been entrusted to us.”

“At PowerOptions, our mission is to save nonprofit organizations time and money, so they can focus resources on pursuing their own important missions,“ said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia Arcate. “Temple Aliyah’s congregation benefits from cleaner, renewable energy and lower energy costs.”  

 

 

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and ongoing support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 65 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

About PowerOptions

PowerOptions is a nonprofit energy buying consortium that delivers cost savings and predictability to nonprofits and the public sector in New England. Headquartered in Boston, PowerOptions serves its nearly 500 members with electricity, natural gas and solar, with combined annual energy sales of approximately $200 million. With a 95 percent member retention rate, a proven supplier selection process and a dedication to personalized customer service, PowerOptions provides programs, services and solutions that educate and bring value to its membership. Established in 1998, any nonprofit or public institution in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut is eligible to participate in this collective purchasing effort. For more information, visit www.poweroptions.org or follow on Twitter at @PowerOptions.

About Temple Aliyah

Temple Aliyah is an egalitarian Conservative congregation in Needham, Massachusetts, with a warm and inviting atmosphere. We are a dynamic and diverse community that embraces people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. With the guidance of Rabbi Carl Perkins, we encourage our members to enrich their Jewish lives, to enhance their Jewish identities, and to engage in lifelong learning.

MetroWest YMCA Installs 144 kW Solar PV System through Partnership with Solect Energy and PowerOptions

August 24, 2017 – FRAMINGHAM, MA – MetroWest YMCA has partnered with Solect Energy, the state’s leading commercial-scale installer of solar energy systems, and PowerOptions, the region’s largest energy buying consortium, to install a 144 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Framingham facility. The array consists of 374 photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are projected to produce 154,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually. That is enough energy to charge 7,700 electric vehicles or 30,800,000 smart phones annually.  MetroWest YMCA anticipates the array will provide up to 13 percent of its facility’s annual electricity, for a projected yearly savings of more than $10,000.

Programs and services at the MetroWest YMCA’s Framingham location positively impact thousands of children and families each day. The solar array will help to defray energy costs associated with temperature control and operating the indoor pool, and also reduce energy costs associated with the early education center and wellness areas.

Working closely with YMCA Shared Services, MetroWest selected PowerOptions & Solect’s solar program. Under the program, Solect Energy installs, owns, and operates the solar arrays on the YMCA’s roof, and sells the power generated at a fixed rate for a period of 20 years under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiated by PowerOptions.

“The Y believes in the power of relationships and strong community engagement,” said Rick MacPherson, President and CEO at MetroWest YMCA. “Solect Energy’s expertise and track record coupled with their commitment to local philanthropy, made them a perfect fit for our YMCA.  We see Solect not only as a trusted solar provider, but as a true community partner.” MacPherson continued, “We were introduced to PowerOptions through YMCA Shared Services based upon their experience serving the energy needs of many of the area’s Y’s.  Both organizations have been invaluable resources for us.”

PowerOptions also provides the MetroWest YMCA with electricity and natural gas supply.

The MetroWest YMCA had been doing its part to become more environmentally sustainable by encouraging recycling, conserving energy with responsible use policies, and LED lighting initiatives. The addition of solar is a significant step forward in the organization’s sustainability commitment. In addition to this project, the MetroWest YMCA is also exploring future projects that can be powered by solar energy.

“MetroWest YMCA was interested in employing solar energy for a number of compelling reasons,” said Alex Keally, partner and Senior VP of Business Operations at Solect Energy. “They wanted to do their part for the environment, be an example to their members, and reduce energy expenses. All three goals have been accomplished, with the added benefit that savings from the solar array can now be redirected into the valuable programs they offer to the community.”

“At PowerOptions, our mission is to help public entities and nonprofits to save money on energy, so more resources can be directed toward serving our communities,”

said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia Arcate. “In addition to cost predictability and savings, MetroWest YMCA implemented their solar project without the need for any upfront costs or ongoing maintenance responsibilities.”

 

About MetroWest YMCA

For more than 55 years, the MetroWest YMCA, has responded to community needs in the MetroWest area and made a significant impact throughout Framingham and the surrounding towns. Annually more than 20,000 children, adults and seniors living and working in MetroWest communities are served by the Y.  Additionally, summer camps in Framingham, at the MetroWest YMCA Clearbrook Family Swim Club, and at the YMCA Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton offer stimulating skill building, leadership and learning activities for 1,000 youth daily.

Nationally and locally, the Y is a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The MetroWest YMCA’s major goal is to strengthen community.  The Y addresses critical gaps in kids’ education and health. Dedicated to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y serves children through programs and activities that focus on academic enhancement, health, social growth, and safety.

 

About PowerOptions

PowerOptions is a nonprofit energy buying consortium that delivers cost savings and predictability to nonprofits and the public sector in New England. Headquartered in Boston, PowerOptions serves its nearly 500 members with electricity, natural gas and solar, with combined annual energy sales of approximately $200 million. With a 95 percent member retention rate, a proven supplier selection process and a dedication to personalized customer service, PowerOptions provides programs, services and solutions that educate and bring value to its membership. Established in 1998, any nonprofit or public institution in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut is eligible to participate in this collective purchasing effort. For more information, visit www.poweroptions.org or follow on Twitter at @PowerOptions.

 

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 65 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

Charles Moore Arena and Solect Energy Complete Rooftop Solar Array

ORLEANS, MA – August  14, 2017 – Charles Moore Arena (CMA), a nonprofit ice rink in Orleans, MA, has collaborated with Solect Energy, the state’s leading commercial installer of solar energy systems based in Hopkinton, MA, to install a 345 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar system at the arena.  The installation will help stabilize and reduce their biggest operating outlay, as the array will cover 50% of their 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, Tony Nannini the Rink Manager at Charles Moore Arena 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,” Tony said. “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.

“We were happy to work with a nonprofit like Charles Moore Arena which brings wonderful community programs to the town of Orleans,” said 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.

 

About Charles Moore Arena

Charles Moore Arena (CMA) is a nonprofit community ice arena located in Orleans, Massachusetts. The rink offers an array of programs including Learn to Skate, Summer Cross-Ice Youth Hockey, In-House Hockey, Lower Cape Youth Hockey, Stick Sessions, Rock Night and Birthday Parties. The CMA is also host to the Lower Cape Coyotes, the travel hockey program, and the Lower Cape Figure Skating Association. The rink holds skating competitions, hockey tournaments and skating shows as well. For more information, visit http://www.charlesmoorearena.org/.

About Solect Energy

Solect is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 57 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

Chemetal Installs 201.6 kW Solar PV System through Partnership with Solect Energy

 

 

JULY 27, 2017 – EASTHAMPTON, MA – Chemetal, a leading manufacturer of metal designs and laminates, has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA to install a 201.6 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Easthampton manufacturing plant. The array consists of 560 photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are projected to produce 210,686 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy annually.  Chemetal anticipates the array will provide up to 33 percent of its facility’s annual electricity use.

 

Solect carefully examined Chemetal’s energy usage patterns and other factors in order to design the optimum solar energy system. Solect then worked to make sure that Chemetal would achieve maximum ROI through the myriad of solar incentives. Chemetal is projected to save approximately $25,000 annually on its electricity bill, and is able to take advantage of state and federal tax and financial incentives, including SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates), which are financial incentives based on the amount of solar energy the system generates. Electrical utility providers in Massachusetts purchase SRECs to help them meet their state-mandated goals of a percentage of power coming from renewable energy sources.  

 

“We began seriously considering solar when we doubled the size of our facility in 2016,” said Geoff Schaefer, Creative Director and President of Chemetal. “The incentives, including tax credits and accelerated depreciation, were beneficial, as was the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint with renewable energy. Solect did a great job making a complicated proposition clear and straightforward; their pricing was competitive and they were very helpful in shepherding us through the process.”

 

Chemetal is one of the world’s largest sources of metal designs and laminates for commercial and residential building projects. The 50 year-old, family-owned business has a strong commitment to green practices. Many of its metal products are made entirely of aluminum, the most recycled material on the planet. Some of its aluminum finishes contain up to 85% recycled content, offering builders and architects LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings.

 

In addition to its commitment to solar, Chemetal pursues other green practices. The company recycles paper and cardboard materials to minimize additions to the waste stream.  It also sells any scrap metal material to be repurposed. The company is also a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified supplier for its Treefrog real wood veneer laminate products. FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.

 

“Given its strong commitment to green building products that feature LEED and FSC certification, Chemetal’s move to solar energy was a natural,” said Scott Howe, Partner, Senior Vice President at Solect Energy. “Chemetal will create its signature products utilizing clean energy. The company will benefit from lower energy costs, tax and other financial incentives, and have the satisfaction of knowing they are improving on their already strong pledge to protect the planet.”

 

About Solect Energy

Solect is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 60 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

 

About Chemetal

Chemetal is a 50 year old, family-owned business offering a massive collection of over 200 metal and laminate designs. We make many of them; deeply brushing, aging and adding patinas by hand and machine. Our designs are unique works of art, created with a manufacturing consistency to ensure repeatability. We also source some of the best metal designs the world over. It adds up to what we consider the most expansive collection of metal designs for interiors that you’ll find anywhere. We back it up with exceptional sales and customer service that cares about getting it right. In addition to Chemetal, we offer two other materials in the premium laminate category: Treefrog Veneer, a prefinished wood veneer laminate from Italy and InteriorArts, a designer laminate. Our materials are sold worldwide through our international distributor network. Contact us directly at sales@chemetal.com for the nearest distributor.

Mirak Automotive Group Installs 540 kW Solar PV System through Partnership with Solect Energy

Commitment to Renewable Energy Earns Mirak

GM Certified Green Dealer Recognition

 

JULY 11, 2017 – ARLINGTON, MA – Mirak Automotive Group, a new and pre-owned car dealership and service center, has partnered with Hopkinton, MA-based Solect Energy to install a 540 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Mirak Service Center.  The solar array consists of 1440 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is expected to produce 639,042 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy annually. Mirak projects that the array will cover 100 percent of its service facility’s energy needs.  Additionally, its excess production will help defray energy costs at other buildings in the Mirak Automotive Group through net metering.

Mirak Automotive Group, an 80-year company with a history of excellent customer service, is one of Massachusetts’ most successful retailers of electric cars from General Motors (GM) and Hyundai. Its service center is also one of the largest in New England, with more than 60 service bays. Mirak was determined to demonstrate its leadership in sustainable practices, and investigated solar as part of its efforts to become a GM Certified Green Dealer.  A key component to earning that recognition is a commitment to using renewable energy and pursuing energy efficiency.

“It was important to us that we set a good example in the community for sustainable practices,” said Rob Mirak, president of Mirak Automotive Group.  “Solect Energy made the process of moving to solar seamless; from the outset, with their detailed financial proposal, to the installation, where they made sure there were no disruptions in the daily operations of our dealership and service center. We were very impressed with Solect’s professionalism and attention to detail.”

As a GM Certified Green Dealer, Mirak is one of only 94 Chevrolet dealerships out of about 3,000 nationwide, and one of only 129 GM dealerships out of more than 4,000 across the country that have been recognized for their commitment to sustainability.

 In addition to their solar installation, Mirak has pursued additional sustainable practices. Specifically, the automotive group has implemented high efficiency LED lighting, recycling programs, waste water reclamation, updated high efficiency/low energy usage technology and equipment, hybrid parts-delivery vehicles and waste oil heaters.

Mirak will realize significant savings from its solar installation in a number of different ways. The array was designed to cover 100% of the electricity needs of the Mirak Service Center, and also to provide additional electricity to defray energy costs at other Mirak sites. By net metering its excess production Mirak expects to substantially reduce its energy bills at at its Mirak Chevrolet and Mirak Hyundai dealerships.  Net metering allows customers to receive credits for any electricity that they generate but do not use. Finally, Mirak will be able to take advantage of state and federal tax and financial incentives, including SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates), which are financial incentives based on the amount of solar energy the system generates. Electric utility providers in Massachusetts purchase SRECs to help them meet their state-mandated goals of a percentage of power coming from renewable energy sources.

“We applaud Mirak Automotive Group’s commitment to green technology and commend them on their recognition as a GM Certified Green Dealer,” said Steve Clairmont, Director, Business Development at Solect. “Not only does Mirak gain significant financial savings on its energy bills from its solar array, but also garners recognition and respect from its customers, automotive peers and the community at large for its leadership in sustainable practices.”

 

About Mirak Automotive Group

The Mirak Automotive Group has served Greater Boston since 1936, and we’ve learned a thing or two about what people want, expect and deserve from their dealership experiences during that time. The foundation of the Mirak Automotive Group is built on honesty, transparency and respect, and we’re proud of the reputation we’ve built as a customer-focused dealership.We want to be seen as more than just a dealership at Mirak Chevrolet and Hyundai, which is why we’ve made it a point to give back to our community. We know that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of those around us, and that’s why we sponsor the Jimmy Fund, Arlington Soap Box Derby, Town Day, youth baseball and soccer teams and more. If you want a dealership you can feel good about bringing your business to, turn to The Mirak Automotive Group.

About Solect Energy

Solect is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 60 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

Somerset Berkley Regional School District Installs 348 kW Solar System On High School

 

Partnership with Solect Energy and PowerOptions Provides School with Solution to Successfully Navigate Fiscal Hurdles

 

June 27, 2017 – SOMERSET, MA  The Somerset Berkley Regional School District has partnered with Solect Energy, the state’s leading commercial-scale installer of solar energy systems, and PowerOptions, the region’s largest energy buying consortium, to install a 348 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its new regional high school. The solar array is expected to cover up to 20 percent of the school’s annual electricity use, and to save the school approximately $19,000 annually on its energy expenses.

Somerset Berkley Regional High School has approximately 990 students with the majority of students from the member towns of Somerset and Berkley, MA. In 2010, the District entered into an agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to build an $80 million dollar new regional high school. The school opened in September 2014.

“The District is continually looking for ways to reduce operating costs in order to shift more resources to students,” said Lindsey Albernaz, Director of Business and Finance for Somerset Berkley School District. “Utility costs are an expense that is constantly fluctuating. Working with Solect, we were able to reduce operating costs without having to pay the upfront costs of installation.”

“Utilizing PowerOptions, which undertook an extensive competitive solicitation, meant that the district did not need to undertake our own costly and time consuming procurement,” added Albernaz. In 2015, PowerOptions chose Solect Energy based in Hopkinton, MA as the supplier for its Small Systems Solar Program.

The original building plans for the high school included solar panels, and the new school was built with the necessary structural capacity and electrical service to support a large array on the roof. However, the District could not move forward during construction with purchasing and installing its own solar panels due to fiscal constraints. Committed to pursuing solar, the District continued to explore alternative financing options, and ultimately selected PowerOption’s solar program. Under the program, Solect installs, owns, and operates the solar arrays on the school’s roof, and sells the power generated at a fixed rate for a period of 20 years under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiated by PowerOptions.

“The solar system was installed at no cost to the taxpayers of Somerset and Berkley, but will provide electric utility savings averaging $19,000 per year under the Power Purchase Agreement between the district and Solect,” said Richard Peirce, Chairman of the Somerset Berkley School Committee. “The aggregate savings over the life of the agreement are estimated to be $340,000.  In addition, our students will learn and actually experience how we as a high school community are doing our part to protect the environment. The district is now purchasing about 60 percent of its electricity through solar production.”

“Solect Energy is delighted to partner with The Somerset Berkley Regional School District,” said Matt Shortsleeve, Vice President of Development at Solect Energy. “The District was committed to solar for its new high school at the earliest design stage. Although solar had to be put on hold, the school didn’t lose sight of its goal of renewable energy. And now that perseverance is paying off. The savings are significant, and the students and teachers have a state-of-the-art solar system that they can use to supplement their curriculum in science, economics and sustainability.”

“At PowerOptions, we aim to support the public entities and nonprofits that are serving our communities in part by making solar energy more accessible with offerings like our Solar Program,” said PowerOptions President and CEO Cynthia Arcate. “In addition to cost predictability and savings, Somerset Berkley Regional School District implemented their solar project without the need for any upfront costs or ongoing maintenance responsibilities.”

 

About PowerOptions

PowerOptions is a nonprofit energy buying consortium that delivers cost savings and predictability to nonprofits and the public sector in New England. Headquartered in Boston, PowerOptions serves its nearly 500 members with electricity, natural gas and solar, with combined annual energy sales of approximately $200 million. With a 95 percent member retention rate, a proven supplier selection process and a dedication to personalized customer service, PowerOptions provides programs, services and solutions that educate and bring value to its membership. Established in 1998, any nonprofit or public institution in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut is eligible to participate in this collective purchasing effort. For more information, visit www.poweroptions.org or follow on Twitter at @PowerOptions.

 

About Solect Energy

Solect Energy is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 60 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

Stonehill College Partners with Solect Energy and SunPower to Add 2.8-Megawatt Solar Canopy

EASTON, Mass, June 1, 2017 – Stonehill College has partnered with Solect Energy – the leading commercial-scale installer of solar energy systems based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts – and SunPower – a global leader in solar innovation based in Silicon Valley – to install a 2.8-megawatt (MW) solar canopy system featuring high-efficiency SunPower solar panels.  This new project brings the College closer to its goal of operating more.

Construction of the solar project began in October 2016 and is now substantially complete. The canopies cover a vast majority of the largest parking lot on Stonehill’s campus, offsetting the school’s energy needs while also providing shade to vehicles underneath.

In keeping with the values of Catholic teaching to be good stewards of the planet, Stonehill leads by example, promoting environmentalism and sustainability on campus; the installation of this solar canopy project is one of many such initiatives.

Prioritizing Sustainability

“Solar allows Stonehill to set an example for our students, faculty, and staff by prioritizing sustainability and stewardship of the planet and its resources,” said Michael Shulansky, Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations at Stonehill College.

“Furthermore, our solar installations enhance our commitment to energy efficiency, and provide increased visibility of the College to environmentally conscious students, parents, and communities,” he added.

Financed with a power purchase agreement (PPA) arranged by SunPower, the solar canopies allow Stonehill to experience predictability in energy costs throughout the 20-year lifespan of the agreement while also reducing the school’s reliance on carbon-based fuels.

“It is wonderful to be a part of Stonehill’s continuous journey in sustainability,” said Scott Howe partner and Senior Vice President of Sales at Solect Energy. “With the addition of this solar canopy project, 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.”

Reducing Costs

Stonehill already has a solar farm consisting of 9,152 panels generating approximately 3.24 million kilowatt hours (kWh), or 20 percent of its annual electrical usage. That existing solar field, which opened in 2014, is estimated to save the College $3.2 million over 15 years. The new solar canopies will increase the total solar energy production to over 40 percent of the campus’ annual electrical usage while offering additional savings and a long-term hedge against rising energy costs. This project further reinforces Stonehill’s commitment to sustainability through green renewable energy and demonstrates leadership within the academic community.

“This solar project is very much part of a larger development at the College and should be seen as a reflection of our deep commitment to promoting environmental sustainability within our community,” added Shulansky.

About Stonehill College

Stonehill College is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1948. The College is primarily residential, with 2400 students who live and learn on Stonehill’s beautiful 384-acre campus. Through its curriculum of liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional programs, the College provides an education of the highest caliber that fosters critical thinking, free inquiry and the interchange of ideas. Stonehill educates the whole person so that each of our graduates thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world. For more information, visit http://www.stonehill.edu or follow us on Twitter at @stonehill_info.

About Solect Energy

Solect is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 57 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit http://www.solect.com or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.

About SunPower

As one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.