Green Energy Partners Installs Solar Projects at Two Colleges

Green Energy Partners LLC announced two solar projects on opposite coasts that will generate renewable energy for Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., and Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. Green Energy Partners determined the best approaches to complete the systems without requiring up-front capital investment. The company developed and coordinated financing for the Western University and Stonehill College projects, and worked closely with Solect Energy Development to develop and construct the 2.7-MW array at Stonehill College.

stock - clouds“These solar projects will not only benefit the environment, they also allow the schools to stabilize energy costs for years to come while focusing funds on other initiatives,” said William R. DePhillipo, founder of Green Energy Partners. “Stonehill College and Western University serve as an example to other institutes of higher education wishing to incorporate renewable energy into their sustainability strategies.”

The ground-mounted solar project at Stonehill College consists of 9,152 solar panels on more than 15 acres of land across from the main campus. It is expected to generate 3,213 megawatt hours of energy each year, enough to account for 20% of the college’s electricity needs.

“We are extremely proud of this project, as it enables Stonehill College to preserve the environment for future generations,” said Rev. James Lies, C.S.C., vice president for mission at Stonehill College. “We anticipate that this will save the school a total of $3.2 million, an opportunity to invest in other key educational resources.”

The 672-kW solar project at Western University is composed of 2,688 roof-mounted solar panels affixed to three buildings, as well as a carport system. The project is expected to generate 1,110 megawatt hours of solar electricity per year, providing enough energy to power more than 100 average homes.

“Western University welcomes this opportunity to help the environment, reduce the impact of our operations, and lower our electrical costs,” said Thomas G. Fox, the university’s senior vice president. “Solar panels offer a simple solution, one that makes a strong statement about the importance of a greener planet for a healthier life.”

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