Educational & Institutional Projects
Solar projects for schools and non-profit organizations present specific challenges. Learn how SunBug's experienced team translates those challenges into opportunities:
Wellesley College called on SunBug Solar to install a 10 kilowatt ground-mount photovoltaic array, prominently located at the athletic fields. In addition to feeding electricity onto the college’s grid, the array serves as a focal point to inspire and educate the student body.“As the college's first renewable energy system, this photovoltaic array serves as a cornerstone for Wellesley College's commitment to a sustainable future. Since 1875, our landscape has played a central role in the life of the college. To ensure its integrity for tomorrow's students, we must practice thoughtful environmental stewardship today.” - Patrick Willoughby, Director of Sustainability, Wellesley College
Over the next 30 years, the array will offset 264 tons of CO2, equivalent to eliminating the emissions from 30,000 gallons of gasoline, or the carbon sequestered annually from 56 acres of pine forest.
Action for Boston Community Development, a member of the Low Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN), came to SunBug looking for the right partner to maximize a system for the Charles River Association. Funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center allowed ABCD, a non-profit organization that does not benefit from tax breaks, to realize this project for Charles River.The 68 panel, 14kW photovoltaic system produces over 16,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Over its 30 year anticipated life-cycle, it will generate more than 500,000 kWh of clean energy from the sun. In that time it will save 370 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
A small school with a big heart, the independent Hillside School partnered with SunBug to develop and execute a comprehensive solar plan for the campus. Phase one has been completed, a 140kW system on the main classroom building financed through a Power Purchase Agreement. With the PPA model, Hillside locks in long-term electricity savings and the project realizes all available federal tax credits. In the future, Hillside will purchase the system from the civic-minded investor Chava Energy.Not satisfied with merely installing photovoltaics, Hillside faculty worked with SunBug to integrate the array's real-world lessons about solar production and environmental impact into the curriculum.
Solar for Your School or Non-Profit OrganizationContact SunBug at 617 500 3932 learn how we can bring solar to your school or non-profit.
SunBug is certified by NABCEP, the National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, for photovoltaic installation and service. We are members of the New England Clean Energy Council and the Environmental Business Council of New England, and are accredited by the Boston Area Better Business Bureau.