Hands-on deployment demonstrates commitment to employees, environment
HOPKINTON, MA – Consigli Construction Corp., a fourth-generation construction company based in Milford, MA, has partnered with Solect Energy Development to install a 13.3 KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on its historic headquarters building. The installation not only helps Consigli offset its energy costs, but also gives the company an end-to-end, hands-on tutorial on renewable solar energy to share with its own clients.
Driven by a goal to reduce the energy costs at their Sumner Street headquarters, Consigli took its interest in solar a step further than most companies by involving their employees in every step of the process. Employees at Consigli, named one of the top places to work in 2011 by The Boston Globe, were given the opportunity to attend tutorials on solar energy hosted by Solect, deepening their knowledge of renewable energy solutions. As a team-building exercise, several Consigli employees also participated in the installation process on the company’s roof. This education helps Consigli make better energy recommendations to their own clients during the building process.
“Consigli is committed to understanding and adopting green practices, and installing a renewable solar energy system on our own building was the next logical step,” said Anthony Consigli, President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. “This project shows our customers and our employees Consigli’s deep commitment to protecting the environment. Solect has established itself as a leader in commercial solar projects in Massachusetts, and was able to prove to us on paper that solar was a viable financial option for Consigli. They truly understood what we needed, and why.”
The Consigli project, which included the installation of 69 solar PV panels, also took into consideration the building’s historic nature. Solar panels were not installed on the front section of the granite building, which was moved to Sumner Street from downtown Milford more than a decade ago.
“Consigli has a long-standing commitment to the community and to the environment, and a project like this shows their employees, vendors and customers how deep their ‘green’ commitment truly is,” said Ken Driscoll, principal at Solect. “By walking the walk and deploying solar at their own facility, they are showing themselves as the leader in green construction in New England.”