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Perkins School for the Blind


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.

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.


  • 108 panel (34KW) PV array