HOPKINTON, MA – November 04, 2013 – Solect Energy Development, a leading commercial solar PV (photovoltaic) project developer serving the New England area, has donated an 11.75 kW solar PV renewable energy system to the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, MA. The 50-panel system is expected to offset up to 30% of the center’s electricity costs each month.
“The Respite Center is such an integral part of our community, and its staff and members do so much to support not only the Town of Hopkinton, but also the greater Boston community,” said Ken Driscoll, principal at Solect. “We felt this project was a great way to help them reduce their costs and redirect the funds they would be spending on operational costs such as electricity to better support their amazing programs.”
The Respite Center, which supports individuals with disabilities and their families, relies heavily on donations to serve its clients. Electricity costs – especially heating and cooling the building and running computers, appliances and medical equipment — are a huge part of running the center. The center loved the prospect of using a renewable energy resource to lower its bills and spread a green message, but as a non-profit was ineligible for many of the financial benefits that make solar so attractive for many businesses.
“Our electricity bills can be very high, and the donation of the solar system from Solect will really make a difference in our costs to run the center,” said Sharon Lisnow, co-founder of the Michael Lisnow Respite Center. “This generous gift will be felt over and over each month when we receive our electric bill.”
The Respite Center uses about 51,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, and the system will produce about 15,000 to 16,000 kilowatt hours per year. The system is expected to save the Respite Center more than $2,500 in annual electricity costs. Solect has also committed to monitoring and maintaining the system for the Respite Center.