Location: West Roxbury, MA
Solution: Rooftop Solar
Roxbury Latin School was founded in 1645 by Reverend John Eliot. It is the nation’s oldest school that has continued to exist. They are known for their rich educational legacy and robust academic programs that have been paving the way for success for generations of students.
Their energy-intensive field house contributed to an ever-increasing energy expenditure that needed to be addressed immediately. The school utilized its large flat roof to install a 137 kW solar project to rein in the mounting energy expenditure and heightened operational costs.
Roxbury Latin signed a PPA with Solect to install a 137 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy system on the roof of its Albert H. Gordon field house. According to the agreement, Solect sells the produced energy to Roxbury Latin at a reduced rate. The school also has the option to buy the system eventually. The energy generated by the system powers the Gordon Field house and the McNay Wrestling Palaistra, while the excess powers the school’s HVAC system.
$6,500 yearly savings on electricity costs
The school is projected to save nearly $100,000 over the 15-year lease term. They also installed an interactive kiosk that offers live updates on the system’s energy production and weather information obtained via a rooftop weather station.