MetroWest Churches Choose Solect to Help Cut Energy Costs Via Solar

Published November 15, 2011

MetroWest Churches Choose Solect to Help Cut Energy Costs Via Solar

DATE PUBLISHED: November 15, 2011

Faith Community Church, Bethany Community Church, St. Paul’s Church to reduce electricity costs up to 50%

HOPKINTON, MA – Solect Energy Development LLC has signed contracts with three churches in the MetroWest Boston area to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy systems, projects that will help the parishes save significantly on their annual energy costs. Through site leasing and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) struck with the churches, Solect will own the systems and provide electricity to each organization at significantly reduced rates.

Faith Community Church, based in Hopkinton, MA, will deploy a 157 KW solar system on the roof of its 80,000-square-foot facility, which was remodeled and expanded in 2003. The system is expected to reduce the church’s energy costs by more than 50 percent.

Bethany Community Church, a 42,000-square foot worship center and K-12 school based in Mendon, MA, will deploy a 180 KW solar system on the roof of its church and school. The facility is expected to see a 40% savings over its current energy costs.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton, MA, is deploying a 9 KW solar system with the intent of reducing it overall electricity bill and using the savings to help fund its operations. The system will satisfy approximately 70% of St. Paul’s energy needs.

“Solar energy is a great solution for businesses and organizations looking to reduce their energy costs,” said Craig Huntley, principal at Solect Energy Development. “Because non-profit organizations such as churches are not eligible for the federal and state incentives for deploying renewable solar energy solutions, a Power Purchase Agreement is a great way for them to reduce their costs through solar without large capital expenditure.”