UMass announces solar energy initiative

Brightergy will engineer and construct the solar panels installed at UMass.
Brightergy will engineer and construct the solar panels installed at UMass. | File photo

The University of Massachusetts has announced a solar energy initiative that will save $6.2 million over 20 years on electric bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to the amount of 31,000 non-metric tons of carbon dioxide.

“UMass Amherst prides itself on being a sustainability leader, serving as a model for campuses and communities across the country,” associate vice chancellor for facilities and campus services Shane Conklin said. “We are very excited to be moving forward with what we view as an economic, environmental and educational win for our entire community.”

The university has planned the installation of 15,576 photovoltaic panels on its campus that will deliver 5.5 megawatts of electric power that is clean and renewable. The panels will be installed at no upfront cost to the university. There will be eight solar panels on six rooftops, constructed by Brightergy.

“We are thrilled to be involved with the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s forward-thinking decision to execute this watershed project,” Adam Blake, chief executive officer of Brightergy, said. “This is a partnership with multi-faceted benefits for many, not least of whom will be the students who will have a unique, real-world STEM learning opportunity on campus.”

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