College Installs 2.5 MW of Solar

solar-arrayHoughton College in New York State completed a 2.5 MW on-site solar energy installation, which will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs.

The system will generate an estimated 3.15 million kWh in its first year of operation and save up to $4.3 million during the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) contract period.

The project was designed and built by Borrego Solar Systems and financed by WGL Energy, through a PPA that covered all upfront costs. General Energy Solutions, which provided the 8,568-plus solar panels for the project, was the initial owner of the system, but subsequently sold it to WGL Energy.

Houghton was awarded funding through NY-Sun, part of the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative.

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