Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
They had a great big ribbon-cutting at Medway High School recently, with “Project Green,” the school’s environment club, running the show. Last year, the student who created Project Green, Erin Espinosa, suggested a solar power project to the school’s principal, Richard Pearson, who thought it was a great idea.
The result of their efforts is a 132 kilowatt photovoltaic installation on the school’s gym and auditorium roofs, made possible by a grant from MassCEC and the unanimous support of Medway Town Meeting. You can watch how the panels are doing here: http://siteapp.fatspaniel.net/siteapp/simpleView.jsf?eid=411539 – with all this sunny summer weather, they’ve been going strong!
This project will provide 10 percent of the school’s power, and is expected to save the school $15,000 per year on its electricity bills. Governor Patrick told the students, "You have power: Power to shape your future and to shape your community."
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