Stony Brook Goes Solar!


Did you know that the Stony Brook Middle School has solar panels on the roof?! I didn’t until last week. I was there helping out with Upcycle It! when the custodian happened to mention it.

There isn’t too much information around at the moment because it’s not quite finished yet. I was able to get some information from the Westford Energy Committee. According to the Committee, the 36kW Solar Photovoltaic Array is estimated to return roughly $8,000 annually to Westford over it’s 20 – 25 year lifespan. The project was funded through the Green Energy Choice and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program.

If you are interested in seeing how the array is working, check out the web site . It shows how much energy the array creates each day and cumulative over it’s lifetime. In just the 11 days since operation began, 710.3 kWh of energy have been generated. To give you an idea of what this means, in the past 3 weeks, my home has used 713 kWh. Pretty good considering it’s winter and the system is still being worked on. Can’t wait to see what it does in the summer! Stay tuned for more information and an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Update 4/22/2011: It’s official!  See the Solar array announcement by the Town of Westford.  Let’s see what it does in it’s first official day of operation – so far 33kWh and it’s not even 10am.



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