Thursday November 10, 2016
There is a fascinating solar power project underway at Roxbury Community College. Nearly 3,000 panels strong (approx. 1 MW capacity), this solar canopy will cover a parking lot adjacent to the school. Below the parking lot, a geothermal heat pump system (115 wells, approx. 400 ton capacity) will provide heating and cooling to the campus.
Ameresco, Inc., of Framingham, MA, has partnered with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) in an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to deliver the project by year-end 2017, predicted to save the school nearly $860,000 annually in energy costs. LED lighting and a complete upgrade of the Energy Management System are included in the ESPC. Funding comes from a mix of grants, bonds, incentives and the Clean Energy Investment Program, plus savings from energy generation.
As the first of its kind in Massachusetts, and highly visible to the public (inbound Columbus Avenue, approaching Roxbury Crossing), this project should serve as a shining example of the potential for on-site renewable energy to integrate successfully and upgrade existing facilities toward sustainability goals.
Jim Walker, of Ameresco, will be on hand to introduce the project and answer our questions at the upcoming BASEA Forum, Thursday, November 13th.
About Roxbury Community College
Founded in 1973, Roxbury Community College (RCC) is a comprehensive, multicultural, urban, student-centered, open-access community college. An Achieving the Dream college, RCC offers associates degree and certificate programs, online courses, corporate community education programs, and lifelong learning programs. The 16-acre, 6 building campus houses classrooms, specialized science and computer laboratories, the Library and Learning Center, the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center and the Media Arts Center. For more information, visit
Location: First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist
3 Church Street, Harvard Square
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.