McGee Toyota

McGee Toyota

McGee Toyota is part of the McGee Family Dealerships, a family-owned company that has been serving South Shore communities for more than 40 years.

McGee Toyota solar commercial solar power

Challenge

McGee Toyota opened the new building for its Toyota dealership in September 2013, and was looking for ways to continue to trim energy costs while making its business more green. Generating new revenue from Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) was also of high interest.

Solution

McGee Toyota worked with Solect Energy to deploy a 97.5 kW system comprised of nearly 400 ET Solar panels on the building’s roof.

Results

30% reduction of electricity costs

The system covers 30 percent of the building’s annual electricity use, and helps McGee generate new revenue through the sale of SRECs. The annual savings are expected to top $42,000 for the dealership

Franklin Ford

Franklin Ford

Franklin Ford is the premier family-owned Ford dealership in the MetroWest area. The dealership has been in business for many decades and just performed their first renovation in the past 30 years.

Franklin Ford Commercial Solar

Challenge

Franklin Ford, as a part of their renovations, wanted to make their dealership as energy efficient as possible, and reduce their environmental footprint.

Solution

Franklin Ford partnered with Solect Energy to install enough solar on the roof to supply approximately 100% of the energy for their dealership.

Results

100% reduction of electricity costs

With the improvements to their building, and the additional green measures they have taken to reduce their overall energy consumption, Franklin Ford will see their system cover nearly 100 percent of their electricity needs. In addition, the dealership is able to take advantage of state and federal tax incentives, including SRECs.

Temple Aliyah

Temple Aliyah

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

Challenge

Temple Aliyah is always looking for opportunities to reduce the synagogue’s carbon footprint and to reduce operational costs, and are focused on making a better future for our community, both large and small. By significantly reducing their carbon footprint by hosting one of the largest solar arrays of any house of worship in the state, they are helping both their synagogue and the wider world at the same time.

Solution

The synagogue’s new solar energy system came to fruition through Solect’s partnership with PowerOptions, which selected Solect Energy 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.

Results

92% reduction of electricity costs

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.

Herb Connolly Auto Group

Herb Connolly Auto Group

As a premier Massachusetts Acura, Chevrolet and Hyundai dealer, Herb Connolly has a huge selection of new and used vehicles from which to choose. Herb Connolly Auto Group customers enjoy vehicle specials every day. They offer Acura, Chevrolet and Hyundai service & parts, an online inventory, and outstanding financing options, making Herb Connolly Auto Group a preferred dealer.

Herb Connolly Automotive solar energy

Challenge

Car dealerships all sell the same products, which makes it difficult to differentiate on price- leaving them to focus on other ways to stand out to their customers. Herb Connolly saw the opportunity to install solar as doubly beneficial, allowing them to cut costs, and separate themselves as a green dealership.

Solution

When the Herb Connolly Auto Group decided to go green, it went all in, choosing solar PV (photovoltaic) systems to green the roofs of their Chevy and Acura dealerships on Route 9, as well as installing solar atop its new Chevy carport, which serves as a vehicle charging station for its popular Chevy Volt electric vehicles.

Results

50% reduction of electricity costs

The arrays have helped the auto group trim its electric bills by more than 50%. The systems offset 333 tons of CO2 annually and generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 38 homes.

Old Time Sports

Old Time Sports

Old Time Sports is a family-owned apparel company located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The company is an NHL licensee, providing apparel to sporting teams across North America.

Challenge

The three brothers that own OTS grew up playing outdoor pond hockey in Massachusetts and wanted to do their part for the environment so that future generations could have the same experiences. The company wanted to “go big” with solar, and was looking for a solution that covered virtually all of the company’s annual electricity needs

Solution

OTS did their homework when looking for a solar project developer and selected Solect Energy of Hopkinton. Solect deployed a 175 kW solar renewable energy solution on roof of the 35,000-square-foot OTS headquarters in Salisbury, MA.

Results

100% reduction of electricity costs

The system covers 100 percent of the company’s annual electricity needs, generating up to $70,000 a year in environmentally friendly electricity.

Providence-Worcester Railroad

Providence-Worcester Railroad

The Providence and Worcester Railroad is a short-line freight railroad operating in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. PWRR has hundreds of crossing signals throughout New England and New York.

Providence Worcester Railroad ground mount solar

Challenge

As the signaling boxes at railroad crossings age and are rehabilitated, the railroad wanted to use a solar energy solution to reduce the cost of running the station and to increase its green factor.

Solution

The railroad worked with Solect Energy to add a solar solution to the pitched roof of each rehabilitated signaling box through a specialized kit developed by Solect for this application.

Results

50% reduction of electricity costs

The .5 kW systems installed at each crossing station supplement the electric power already at the stations. Solar energy is reducing the cost of providing electricity to each signaling station by up to 50 percent. The solar project was funded in part by state and federal safety and transportation grants.

NuPath, Inc.

NuPath, Inc.

NuPath is a human services agency helping people living with disabilities to have fulfilling lives in their communities.  They are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to essential support services and innovative solutions.

Challenge

NuPath was looking for a partner to help it “go solar.” As a non-profit, NuPath was not eligible for the state and government incentives that make solar so attractive to many businesses in Massachusetts, and its smaller roof size wasn’t of interest to many solar project developers to provide a power purchase agreement (PPA)..

Solution

Solect Energy partnered with NuPath to install a 72 kW system, using 299 ET Solar 250W panels, Panel Claw Grizzly Bear FRII racking (manufactured in Massachusetts), and a Solectria PVI 60kW inverter (also from Massachusetts).

Results

$5,000 yearly savings on electricity costs

Solect owns the system and sells electricity to NuPath at a highly reduced rate, saving the non-profit up to $5,000 a year on electricity costs.

New England Resins and Pigments Corporation

New England Resins and Pigments Corporation

New England Resins & Pigments Corporation is a regional chemical and packaging products distributor. The company maintains its’ headquarters in Woburn, Massachusetts, located 10 miles north of the metropolitan Boston area.

New England Resins and Pigments Corporation commercial solar

Challenge

NE Resins’ massive facility carries significant maintenance and operations expenses on a yearly basis, and they were looking for a way to offset these costs. Solar turned out to be the perfect solution considering the large flat roof on the 100,000-square-foot warehouse.

Solution

Solect Energy partnered with New England Resins to install a 548 kW system on the roof of its facility. The system produces nearly twice the amount of electricity that New England Resins needs to power its business.

Results

100% reduction of electricity costs

New England Resins decided to donate its excess electricity to a nearby Woburn non-profit. Through a program called Net Metering, excess electricity from New England Resins is metered to the Woburn Council for Social Concern, giving them a substantial savings on their electric bill. In return, New England Resins is able to take advantage of significant state and federal incentives, including SRECs, which pay the company a fee per kilowatt of electricity generated via solar.