The Center for Film Studies at Wesleyan University recently added a 96 kW rooftop solar array powered by Greenskies Clean Energy, Connecticut’s largest developer of commercial solar. Over 250 panels were installed on the Film Studies building which will generate approximately 100,000 kWh of clean energy annually. Over the next twenty years, the panels will offset approximately 1,500 metric tons of CO2, or the equivalent of removing about 330 cars from the road.
“Wesleyan’s new Film Studies Center is state of the art in all ways, including its solar usage,” said Steven Scarpa, manager of media and public relations for Wesleyan. “The solar installation allows us to have the power needed for our student film projects and screening series while honoring our strong desire to reduce our carbon footprint and use renewable energy sources.”
Wesleyan and Greenskies entered into a PPA for this project. Greenskies will design, develop, finance, own, operate, and maintain the facility at no cost to the university as part of the arrangement. In turn, Wesleyan agrees to purchase 100 percent of the electricity produced by the solar system at a significantly discounted rate.
“Greenskies is thrilled to further our longstanding relationship with Wesleyan University by installing additional on-campus renewable energy,” said Stanley Chin, President and CEO of Greenskies. “This new solar array will help move the University closer to its long-term sustainability goals and reduce energy costs.” In 2016, Greenskies installed a 1 MW ground-mounted solar array on the Wesleyan campus, which supplies power directly to the university’s existing microgrid.
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