Bancroft Dedicates Largest Private Solar Electric System in City of Worcester
Posted 09/30/2010 09:32AM

Bancroft School Dedicates Largest Private Solar Electric System in the City of Worcester

School sustainability actions lead the way for other public and private organizations

Lt. Governor Timothy Murray address an audience of 700 students, faculty, parents, local and state officials, among others from the community

     With the sun shining, the Bancroft School community, with local and state officials on hand, converged at the McDonough Center to celebrate the installation of 462 high-efficiency solar panels at a special dedication ceremony on October 8.
     The solar electric system is the largest private installation within the City of Worcester, producing more than 117,000-kilowatt hours of electricity annually or approximately 25% of the building’s energy needs over an entire year.
     “Bancroft leads by example in providing our students with the tools and knowledge to be conscientious citizens of the globe,” said Scott R. Reisinger, Head of Bancroft School. “We have a strong record of sustainability and I am proud to see our School join with the greater Worcester community in further expanding our clean energy reach.”
     Worcester has already been named by the Commonwealth as one of the first green communities in Massachusetts. The solar electric system capacity is rated at 106.2 kW and will add to the City’s reputation as a stronghold of alternative energy-conscious organizations. The project was made possible by Future Solar Systems, LLC, of Millbury, MA which designed the solar electric system, coordinated the installation, secured investors, and provided a comprehensive curriculum for solar, wind and energy efficiency for faculty to incorporate into the science and math programs. The solar panels are made by Canadian Solar, with inverters made by Solectria Renewables of Lawrence, MA. The system was financed by a combination of Millbury Credit Union and private investment.
     Bancroft has a long history of committing to responsible choices for its students, staff, and the greater community. With the addition of this solar electric system, Bancroft is able to build on an already impressive sustainability policy that spans the entire campus. From organic fertilizer and corn-based compostable plastic cups for the sports teams, to organic locally grown produce in the cafeteria and the conversion to all-green cleaning products, the School is leading by example.
     Future Solar Systems, LLC, solar electric systems integrator and renewable energy consultancy, brings volume buying power, experienced design and installation resources, combined with project financing, to deliver large solar electric systems for commercial and institutional customers throughout the Northeastern United States.

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