FRAMINGHAM – Solar energy projects at two city schools took a step towards making this happen this week.
The finance committee on Tuesday approved solar projects at the new Fuller Middle School and Brophy Elementary School. The city council is expected to vote on the contracts and easements for the two projects in the coming weeks.
There are plans to install solar panels on the roof of the new middle school and on a canopy over the eastern parking lot near Fuller. The proposal also provides for the installation of solar panels on a canopy over the main parking lot of Brophy Elementary School.
The city partnered with Solect Energy through the Power Options Program, an energy purchasing consortium running a community solar program to pursue both projects.
Solect Energy estimates that the Fuller Middle School project will result in savings of more than $ 530,000 under the proposed 25-year agreement. The Brophy Elementary School project will generate savings of approximately $ 380,000 under a 25-year power purchase agreement.
Both projects will also include battery energy storage systems, which are rechargeable battery systems that store energy from solar panels or the power grid and make this energy available to a household or business.
“We’re seeing a lot of federal and state interest in this technology,” said Shawn Luz, the city’s sustainability coordinator.
Cesar Stewart-Morales, City Councilor of District 2, called the battery storage systems an exciting part of the projects.
Both projects should be completed in 2022.
Along with the cost savings, district and city guides say the projects will provide students with an opportunity to learn about the benefits of producing clean energy.
City councils have one earlier this year Solar project in the McAuliffe branch library That will save more than $ 100,000 over the life of the 20-year contract.
Jeff Malachowski can be reached at 508-490-7466 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @JmalachowskiMW.