Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

System: Solar Electric (Photovoltaic)

Size: 10.0 kW

Type: SunPower

Wellesley College called on SunBug Solar to install a 10 kilowatt ground-mount photovoltaic array, prominently located at the athletic fields. The system feeds electricity onto the college’s grid for lighting, irrigation and other needs. In addition to feeding electricity onto the college’s grid, the array serves as a focal point to inspire and educate the Wellesley community, especially the student body.

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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.

48 Evergreen Solar 210-watt photovoltaic panels, one Fronius IG Plus inverter. Output of over 13,000 kilowatt hours per year.

“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

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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.