All across Massachusetts, cities, towns, and businesses have benefitted from federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The clean energy projects already completed as a result of this funding ensure the availability of sustainable, reliable, and homegrown energy sources. One such project that completed late last year was a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (WMLP). The WMLP is responsible for providing electricity to Wellesley residents and businesses and is now generating renewable energy being used to power the WMLP site.
With almost 60 percent of the project costs covered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, a program funded by federal stimulus dollars and allocated by the Department of Energy Resources, WMLP installed a 50-kilowatt solar PV system on the roof of their building. This installation, which consists of 286 panels, will produce enough electricity to power the garage and warehouse during non-peak hours and is estimated to decrease Wellesley’s carbon footprint by 45 tons per year. Check out the video below to find out more about Wellesley’s clean energy goals and to see how the project came together.
As with many of the ARRA-funded projects, you can also see real-time electricity production online. It is great to see that WMLP generated their highest kWh per month this past April when the system created over 6,000 kWh of electricity. I’m looking forward to watching that number rise over the summer months!
“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25
Energy measures implemented at a Mass. Military Divison site include improved lighting, high efficiency motors, HVAC controls and energy management system upgrades. Under the Accelerate Efficiency Plan, the Commonwealth is investing over $12 million at 29 state facilities throughout the Berkshires.
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .
Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11
Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.