Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The Sean Brooke House, dedicated earlier this month with the help of a color guard of veterans, is New Bedford's latest victory in the battle against homelessness among veterans of our armed forces. The project, which was the vision of a local group called "Welcome Home Veterans," and is owned and managed by Caritas Communities, will provide 19 brand new apartments in a renovated mill building.
MassCEC provided a 38 kw solar system on the roof of the building, which is expected to produce approximately 50,400 kWh of electricity per year. At a price of $0.20/kWh, that equates to over $10,000 per year in avoided electrical costs for the facility. All of the equipment used was made right here in the Commonwealth – the PV modules were manufactured by Evergreen Solar in Devens, and the inverter was supplied by Satcon, located in Boston. Live updates of the system’s performance can be viewed here.