SolarFlair Energy, Inc. teamed up with Shawmut Design and Construction to build this 34KW PV solar array on the new Lower School at Perkins School for The Blind in Watertown, MA. The system is tied to the utility grid and will convert the natural energy of the sun to clean reliable electricity reducing the schools electric bill by more than 20%. This is an innovative way for the school to control operating costs while educating the students, faculty and community about the current and future opportunities for clean energy technology. They will also generate additional revenue from their panels through the new Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Credit Market.
For more than 180 years, Perkins mission has driven them to find new ways to help individuals who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired to discover fulfilling lives as contributing members of their communities. This solar project represents Perkins investment in sustainable infrastructure as they prepare to meet the needs of their students today and in the future. In addition to cost savings, by generating electricity from solar energy they are less dependent upon fossil fuels and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Promoting environmental responsibility is a positive message that fits very well with their overall mission.
108 panel (34KW) PV array at Perkins School for The Blind in Watertown, MA
SolarFlair installed 108 SunPower 315 solar panels and two inverters manufactured by Massachusetts based Solectria Renewables. The products provided are among the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing in the industry. The PV system produces 39,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) which is equivalent to 35,000 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions displaced per year. There is a state of the art web-based monitoring system that provides a graphic interface to historical and real-time solar energy production data. The monitor is connected directly to the building management system to ensure the facility is performing at optimal energy efficiency. Monitoring allows for greater public visibility for the PV system and the information is utilized for both operational and educational purposes.