New Cape Solar Projects Reach Milestones

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The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) announced today that two of its installations under development have reached important milestones.

The 239.49 kW DC PV system installed on the roof of Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich is now live, with an annual savings of about $40,000 to reduce the school’s energy bills. The completed rooftop solar system at the high school, installed in cooperation with the Town of Harwich, will produce 282,200 kWh per year for the high school’s use. The energy will eliminate approximately 200 metric tons of CO2e.

“As a school district, preparing the next generation for a bright future is imperative,” said Monomoy School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter. “This begins with a strong educational foundation, and with CVEC we are further enhancing their future through energy sustainability.”

The second milestone was the completion of two solar carport canopies at the Sandwich Police Station. These systems will generate 217,211 kWh per year feeding the police station directly, producing nearly $20,000 in annual energy savings and reducing the annual carbon footprint by approximately 154 metric tons of CO2e.

“The two new solar canopies being installed make greater use of the space we have available and supply our police station with clean renewable energy that lowers costs,” said Police Chief Peter Wack.

Sandwich Police picThese two PV projects are part of CVEC’s 35 municipal solar photovoltaic projects currently under development, which will bring CVEC’s total green power installed on behalf of local governmental agencies to more than 54 megawatts, enough green energy to power more than 95 percent of local municipal facilities.

Meanwhile, progress continues on CVEC’s previously announced PV installations: a carport solar canopy over the parking lot at Brewster’s Captains Golf Course driving range and a solar carport at the Sandwich Police Department.

The Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, Inc. was organized on Sept. 12, 2007 under Massachusetts General Laws, c. 164, §136.  Section 136 provides for the establishment of non-profit governmental energy cooperatives.  CVEC’s purposes include developing and/or owning renewable electric generation facilities and procuring and/or selling long term electric supply or other energy-related goods or services to benefit its member communities.  For more information, visit cvecinc.org.

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