Skidmore College Generates 11% of Energy from Solar

October 9, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

skidmore energy manageWashington Gas Energy Systems completed a solar project for Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The 2,085-kW solar array will generate 2.6 million kWh per year over the course of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), enough to meet 11 percent of Skidmore’s energy needs.

The solar array consists of 6,950 ground-mounted solar panels spanning eight acres. Dynamic Energy developed the project and also managed engineering, procurement and construction. Construction began in March and the project was completed in July.

The project was made possible with support from the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program through NYSERDA.

Through the Sustainable Skidmore initiative, the college has a number of other environmental projects ranging from composting programs to energy conservation events. Thirty campus buildings have geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Washington Gas Energy Systems says the contract with Skidmore is its first in New York and part of its strategic expansion into the state. The company now owns and operates 45 projects in 11 states across the country, totaling about 54 megawatts.

Photo credit: Ed Burke

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