568-kW Rooftop PV System Complete in Boston

Broadway Renewable Strategies, a leading full service electrical construction company, along with the City of Boston and Cargo Ventures/Millennium Partners, today hosted a ceremony on Drydock Avenue to commemorate the completion of one of the City of Boston’s largest rooftop solar PV projects to date. The 568.7-kW system was installed on the city’s biggest building by volume, located at 21, 23 and 25 Drydock Avenue in the Innovation District.

The event was held in one of the city’s many outdoor spaces and featured commentary from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, BRA Director Peter Meade and Broadway Renewable Strategies President Jonathan Wienslaw on the success of the project, the future of renewable energy in Boston, and the leadership role of the organizations.

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“I encourage everyone to join the clean energy revolution in Boston,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Solar power is now more affordable than ever in the city. It’s being installed on residences, businesses, and municipal buildings at an increasing rate, and we are on the way to meeting our 2015 goal of 25 MW of solar energy in Boston.”

Broadway Renewable Strategies, Cargo Venture/Millennium Partners, The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Satcon collaborated on the 568.7-kW project as part of Mayor Menino’s Innovation District Solar Challenge. In addition, this project adds to the Mayor’s Solar Boston Initiative which aims to increase solar energy system capacity in Boston to 25 MW by 2015.

“This project would not have been possible without the City of Boston and Mayor Menino’s proven commitment and dedication to pursuing energy-saving initiatives, which is helping to create jobs and strengthen the economy by hiring local firms, like Broadway Renewable Strategies,” said Jonathan Wienslaw, President, Broadway Renewable Strategies. “We are extremely proud of the project’s outcomes and the collaboration the partnerships represent for the City of Boston.”

The project, which was installed under a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Broadway Renewable Strategies and Cargo Ventures, received the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Award in the amount of $471,780 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, with no upfront capital investment required. Broadway Renewable Strategies was selected as the developer, Broadway Electrical Co., Inc. as the contractor, and Satcon was selected by Broadway to provide the inverters.

With over 75 years in the electrical contracting business and more than 84 MW of solar installation projects in operation or under construction, Broadway Renewable Strategies’ team of professionals is experienced in providing solar (photovoltaic) energy installations for both commercial and residential applications. Upon determination of the project’s viability, energy audits which comply with the energy efficiency requirements of the Commonwealth Solar rebate program are performed and capital cost for the project is closely reviewed with our clients. Broadway works on behalf of our clients with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for applicable grants and rebates.

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