Local business will offset more than 80% of electricity costs with 30 KW solar PV system
HOPKINTON, MA – Lumber Street Auto Repair, a local automotive business based in Hopkinton, MA, has selected Solect Energy Development, LLC, to deploy a 30 KW solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy system. The system is expected to offset more than 80% of the business’ electricity costs.
The family-owned auto repair shop uses compressors, lifts and other energy-hungry equipment to service cars, trucks, RVs, boats, construction equipment, and more. The 10-bay building has a perfectly pitched roof with strong southern exposure – a great combination for generating solar energy.
“For a while we’ve been looking at solutions to not only reduce our energy costs, but also do our part for the environment,” said Phil Harper, owner of Lumber Street Auto Repair. “We understood pretty quickly that solar was a terrific option for us because of the southern exposure of our roof, but Solect helped make it real for us by creating a strong business case for solar.”
Lumber Street Auto was able to take advantage of attractive state and federal tax incentives that help make renewable energy projects affordable for building owners.
“Lumber Street Auto is setting a terrific example as a local business trying to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint,” said Craig Huntley, principal at Solect. “Their interest in becoming more green is commendable, and the state and federal tax incentives helped make their interest in deploying solar a reality.”