Hillside School

Marlborough, MA

System: Solar Electric (Photovoltaic)

Size: 142.0 kW

Type: Wattsun

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 140 kW system on the main classroom building financed through a Power Purchase Agreement.

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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. In addition to assisting with the development of course materials, SunBug designed a "mobile solar lab" that offers students the hands-on experience of measuring and testing photovoltaic solar cell performance.

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SunBug Solar is an employee-owned company that seeks to positively impact the environment through our core values of responsiveness, resourcefulness, and reliability with our customers, within our industry, and among our teammates. Founded in 2009, SunBug has installed over a thousand solar systems across Massachusetts, from Great Barrington to Cape Cod. We design and build all types of solar systems, ranging in size from 1kW to over 1MW, including residential, commercial, carports, and ground-mounts. Our integrated approach—from initial education through consultative design to quality installation and ongoing support—has earned SunBug the highest reputation for customer service, and a host of satisfied residential and commercial customers.