April, 6 – Malden, MA. — Malden Catholic High School, an all-boys college preparatory school founded in 1932 and sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers, has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA to install a 476 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Malden campus. The solar array is expected to cover a significant portion of the school’s annual electricity use, and stabilize their costs to protect against future rate hikes.
In addition to providing a challenging curriculum, championship-caliber athletics, and a variety of activities, Malden Catholic High School consistently espouses the values instilled in their student body throughout the organization’s decision-making process.
“We feel an obligation to our families, our donors, and our community to act responsibly,” explained Thomas Doherty, Malden Catholic Headmaster. “Installing solar has both environmental and financial benefits.”
Malden Catholic High School entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) with Solect to build the array. Under the program, Solect owns and operates the solar array, and sells the power generated back to the organization at a reduced, fixed rate for a period of 20 years. The agreement not only stabilizes the school’s energy costs, but provides the energy at a lower rate through an environmentally responsible source.
“Solar is environmentally effective, enabling us to be a good steward of natural resources and reduce Malden Catholic’s carbon footprint. Solar is also cost-effective, enabling us to be a good steward of the financial resources we receive through tuition payments and through donations to the school,” Doherty continued. “From every angle, it’s the right thing to do.”
“It was a pleasure partnering with Malden Catholic High School on a PPA program to bring affordable clean energy to the school, ” said Craig Huntley Partner at Solect, “They provide an outstanding service to the youth enrolled there, and we are thrilled to play a part in contributing to their success.”
In addition to their solar installation, Malden Catholic is dedicated to a thorough recycling program and has recently converted to more energy efficient lighting to ensure a more efficient campus. Additionally, they have converted from print to digital marketing to support the school’s initiatives while minimizing their environmental impact. The school has made strides in advancing environmental awareness and responsibility and felt solar from Solect is the next logical step.
About Malden Catholic High School
For more than eighty years, Malden Catholic High School has maintained a tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2016 Graduates applied to 225 colleges and universities distributed over 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Members of the Class of 2016 have received college scholarships with a four-year value of $18 million dollars. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, Malden Catholic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.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.