Ribbon Cut on Solar Energy System at Lancaster Non-Profit

Hudson, MA-based installer New England Clean Energy and Perkins human service agency unveil 115.8-kW solar energy system
By: Perkins
Students help cut the ribbon on the new solar at Perkins
Students help cut the ribbon on the new solar at Perkins
LANCASTER, Mass. - Oct. 28, 2016 - PRLog -- Perkins' Chief Executive Officer Michael Ames cut the ribbon on the human service agency's new 115.8-kilowatt solar energy system at a ceremony today attended by Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster), Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. (D-Worcester), Lancaster Town Administrator Ryan McNutt, New England Clean Energy Chief Executive Officer Jim Elkind, Perkins Board President Charles W. Hughes II, Perkins Trustee and Chair of the Lancaster Board of Selectmen Stanley B. Starr, Jr., and Perkins employees and students.

The renewable energy system was installed on Perkins' classroom building by Hudson, Mass.-based New England Clean Energy. As soon as National Grid approval is received, the system will be turned on and begin producing 25 percent of the building's electricity needs while positively impacting the environment.

"We are thrilled with the way this project has turned out. Thanks to New England Clean Energy's engineering and design, the panels fit in perfectly with the architecture of the Janeway Education Center. To have such a good looking installation while also projecting savings of over $580,000 over the next 25 years and having a positive impact on our environment is a big win for Perkins. Together with energy from a community solar project, 90% of Perkins electricity needs will soon be produced by the sun, saving us an average of over $80,0000 annually over the next 25 years!" said Ames.

"Perkins has always been an innovator in educating children, and they have upheld a commitment to their students' well-being," said Sen. Flanagan.  "Now they are taking that commitment a step further by using clean energy to ensure their students will have natural resources for generations to come."

"I am always proud and honored to work with the amazing individuals at the Perkins School. Perkins, not only improves the lives of their students, but improves the quality of life for our entire community. This new solar installation is just another step in the right direction and I am proud to take part in it," Rep. Naughton said.

"Perkins is an inspiration to other non-profit entities. Their emphasis on aesthetics resulted in a solar energy system that is as beautiful as it is functional. The entire team at Perkins was a pleasure to work with. Hopefully, they won't need us down the road since solar is essentially maintenance-free. But if they do, we'll be here," Elkind said.

The 354-panel system is projected to deliver more than $580,000 over 25 years in electricity savings (factoring in inflation) and income from solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs).

By producing more than 154,000 kilowatt-hours of emissions-free electricity per year, the Perkins solar energy system will prevent the release of 240,800 pounds of carbon dioxide from fossil-fueled electricity. That is equivalent to taking more than 22 cars off the road a year or the carbon absorbed each year by more than 87 acres of trees.

Perkins is committed to the education, healthy development and optimal treatment for children and families.  The agency provides residential and day treatment services to over 1,000 children and families annually and has provided intensive support to children with a variety of challenges since 1896.  Perkins also operates a community mental health clinic, a child development (day care) center, and a residential and vocational program for adults with special needs.  More information about Perkins can be found at www.perkinsprograms.org.

Since being founded in 2006, New England Clean Energy, Inc. has installed more than 750 solar energy systems on businesses and homes in central, MetroWest and southeastern Massachusetts; southern New Hampshire; and Rhode Island. The company has more positive reviews on independent Solar Reviews than any company in the northeast. For more information, visit www.NewEnglandCleanEnergy.com or call 877-886-8867 (toll-free) or 978-56-SOLAR.

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