Stonehill College has a long history of sustainable initiatives, and the college’s new 2.74 mW solar array is the latest effort in this series. Financed and owned by Marina Energy, LLC, with Solect Energy Development as the project developer, Stonehill’s system spans 15 acres of the Davis Ames Clock Farm adjacent to campus and is expected to cover 20 percent of the college’s electricity use. Overall, the college is expected to save more than $3.2 million in electricity costs over the course of the 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Marina, under which Marina sells back all of the electricity generated by the system to Stonehill at a reduced rate.
The system is one of the largest undertaken on a college campus in New England and is a big part of the college’s Stonehill Goes Green initiative that includes single-stream recycling, composting, retrofitting buildings with motion sensors and energy-efficient lighting, water conservation efforts, and Freshmen Green Kits that encourage incoming students to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
Marina Energy benefits from federal tax incentives equating to 30 percent of the project cost, and from the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) based on the volume of electricity the solar array produces.
Location: Easton, MA
Owner: Marina Energy, LLC
System Size: 2.74 mW
Number of Panels: 9,132 panels
Pole-mounted array using ET Solar panels, Schletter, Inc. mounting hardware, and inverters from Solectria Renewables.