SolarFlair Energy, Inc. is the proud owner of a new Solar Farm on Route 20 in Charlton, MA. The farm consists of over 7,000 solar panels and occupies approximately 9 acres. Over a five month period we transformed an under-utilized lot of land into a 2MW renewable energy generation plant. The system is connected to the utility grid and will convert the natural energy of the sun to clean, reliable electricity. The energy generated will be applied to the utility accounts of a local university, providing the institution with a clean source of energy as well as a discounted electricity rate compared to the utility rates. This is an innovative way for commercial businesses to lower operating costs for local partners, help reduce dependency on fossil fuels, and educate the community about current and future opportunities for clean energy technology.
SolarFlair will benefit from the ARRA Federal Stimulus 1603 Treasury Grant and the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program. The 1603 Grant covers 30% of the project cost and was paid within 60 days of project completion. In addition, for each KWh produced by the PV system, SolarFlair will earn a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) which electric utilities can purchase to meet state renewable energy mandates, dramatically reducing payback periods and improving the return on investment for solar system owners.
The installation was designed and installed by SolarFlair Energy, Inc. of Framingham, MA. It includes 7,059 solar panels from Canadian Solar and Suntech, two SGI 500 inverters and four SGI 225 inverters manufactured by Massachusetts based Solectria Renewables. These products are among the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing in the industry. The solar system will produce over 66 million kilowatt hours (KWh) displacing 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the equivalent energy needed to power 330 typical homes for 30 years, planting 1,243 trees, or driving 3.6 million miles each year for 30 years.
The system includes a state of the art web-based monitoring system that provides a graphic interface to historical and real-time solar energy production data. Monitoring allows for greater visibility of the energy production and the information is utilized for both operational and educational purposes.