SolarWorld advised that it had recently completed what it deems to be the largest solar installation for a private school in New England. The 8-acre, 2MW PV installation at Berkshire School features 8,332 of the company’s crystalline silicon solar panels and will be brought on line this fall. The project is one of three recently completed solar projects by SolarWorld that combined amount to 7MW of solar power.
The ground-mounted PV project sees 8,020 of the solar panels installed on fixed racking, while the remaining 312 panels are on a solar-tracking system. PowerPlay Solar was the project’s developer with Spire Corporation provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction services. The project is said to be able to provide 45% of the school’s energy needs and also serves as an educational resource for the study of PV and renewable energy technologies.
“Berkshire School has made an impressive investment in the goals and education of sustainability,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “The project heads in the direction that Massachusetts officials had in mind when they enacted ambitious solar legislation last year. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains, the project is emblematic of the Bay State’s embrace of renewable energy.”