Technical school in Massachusetts adds 663-kW solar canopy via Solect Energy

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Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (UCT), a public vocational-technical high school in Bourne, Mass., partnered with Solect Energy and Green Seal Environmental to develop and install a 663 kW solar canopy in the school’s existing parking lot. In addition to powering the school, the Bourne Rec Authority will also be drawing power from the solar array, which will provide meaningful savings over their current costs. The array became a reality thanks to a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solect Energy.

“We are thrilled about the addition of the new solar canopy to our school,” said Bob Dutch, Superintendent at UCT. “The solar array marks a new venture for Upper Cape Cod Tech’s students and staff, who will be able to utilize the technology as part of their curriculum. We are especially thankful to Solect for enabling our school to experience significant savings on our energy costs.”

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Financing

Upper Cape Cod Regional Tech worked with Green Seal Environmental to develop, design and permit the array, in collaboration with Solect who financed and constructed the system through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), Solect owns and operates the solar array, and sells the power generated back to UCT at a reduced, fixed rate for the duration of the agreement. The entire project was completed and commissioned at zero cost to UCT and the clean energy provided to them and the Bourne Rec Authority will reduce their current energy costs.

“It was a pleasure partnering with Upper Cape Cod Tech on this project,” said Ken Driscoll, CEO at Solect Energy. “It is a wonderful thing to provide schools with solar energy, as the benefits are plentiful to the school, its students and staff, and the environment—even more so with UCT, as the array is helping to power Bourne’s Recreation Authority as well.”

 

— Solar Builder magazine

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