ACTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/20/11 -- School officials at Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and Acton Public Schools have launched a new school year with three solar photovoltaic arrays -- totaling almost 300 kilowatts of solar capacity -- operating atop school buildings. Together, the arrays will produce about 300,000 kilowatt-hours annually -- enough to power 35 average Massachusetts homes and offset over 500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Over 20 years, the schools expect to save well over $400,000.
The projects were designed and built by Nexamp (www.nexamp.com), headquartered in North Andover, MA. Nexamp owns the solar systems and sells the electricity produced to the schools at a discounted rate as part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). For the schools, the price of the solar electricity provided by the arrays is well below the retail price of electricity purchased from the local utility and is fixed for the life of the PPA. All three solar arrays benefited from rebates through Massachusetts' widely successful Commonwealth Solar program and required no upfront investment from the Acton schools.
'The bottom line is that the power we generate locally and responsibly is cheaper, and it will stay that way for the term of the contract,' commented J.D. Head, Director of Facilities and Transportation for the school districts. 'It saves the schools money and it is the socially responsible thing to do. It has been and will continue to be a highly successful project. We applaud the Commonwealth Solar program for offering rebates that made these projects feasible, and we're very pleased that Nexamp has done such an outstanding job with the installation and operation of the arrays.'
Nexamp installed two solar installations of approximately 100 kilowatts each at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and R.J. Grey Junior High School a year ago. The most recent addition was an 82-kilowatt array, completed at Douglas Elementary School last November.
'Acton Public and Acton-Boxborough Regional Schools have shown real leadership in the state through their commitment to and promotion of renewable energy,' said John Malloy, President and CEO of Nexamp. 'School officials in Acton have recognized the savings potential associated with renewable energy through the power purchase agreement. We are proud to work with such forward-thinking partners and hope they will continue to inspire other communities throughout the state.'
About Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and Acton Public Schools
Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and the Acton Public Schools are committed to excellence in meeting the educational goals of students from the towns of Acton and Boxborough. The districts are dedicated to preparing all students to attain their full potential as critical thinkers and productive citizens within the schools and the broader community.
Nexamp is a leading solar power company. Nexamp develops, builds, owns, and operates renewable energy projects, and has a proven track record of delivering reliable utility-scale and distributed renewable energy installations. Nexamp provides a comprehensive solution from project development and renewable energy certificate & power marketing through construction and operations to ensure its clients and partners maximize the return on their investment.