Harvard Gets Shiny New 500-Kilowatt Solar Power System

Harvard is going solar in a pretty big way at a property it owns in Watertown, Mass. A trio of companies have just announced completion of a 500-kilowatt rooftop solar power system on the roof of one of the historic buildings that comprise the Arsenal on the Charles complex.

CarbonFree Technology, Integrys Energy Services, Inc., and SunPower Corp. worked jointly on the project, including using SunPower T5 Solar Roof Tiles and having the system managed by Crimson Solar, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys. The system, of which Harvard has committed to buying power from for the next 25 years, is said to be able to both “generate the equivalent of the amount of power required for 83 average Massachusetts homes” and “offset the equivalent of 367 metric tons of carbon dioxide” per year.

image via Harvard

image via Harvard

The solar roof tiles, tilted at a five degree angle, are said to be able to double “the energy generated per square meter compared to systems that are mounted flat onto commercial rooftops.” The project was made possible, in part, from a $1.1 million rebate provided by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, to promote the installation of grid-tied photovoltaic systems.

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