Solectria Renewables to Power the Largest College Solar Installation in North America
Lawrence, MA – July 30, 2013 – Solectria Renewables, LLC, a leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that its SGI 500 inverters will power an 8MW solar system, the largest college solar installation in North America, at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in West Windsor, New Jersey. Solectria Renewables’ inverters were specified by MasTec Renewables Construction Company (MasTec).
“We’ve worked with Solectria Renewables on other projects, including a 4.75MW solar system in Massachusetts, so we already have experience with the reliability and durability of their products as well as the responsiveness of their sales, operations and customer services teams,” said Aron Anderson, Director of Estimating of MasTec. “When this project arose, there was no doubt that we would engage Solectria again. We truly value their products and company as a whole.”
The 8MW solar system is located on a 45 acre parcel of land at MCCC and will save the college approximately $750,000 annually.
Patricia C. Donohue, MCCC President, said the solar farm moves MCCC forward on many fronts. “The solar farm will save critical dollars and enable us to restore to our budget many cuts in programs and services we have made over the past two years. It also helps us fulfill our sustainability goals. We have committed to the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality.”
The annual electricity produced from this project will provide 70% of the power needed to run the campus and is equivalent to:
- 9,010 metric tons of CO2
- 1,767 passenger vehicles greenhouse gas emissions
- 89 acres of forest preserved from deforestation of carbon sequestered
- 1,123 homes greenhouse gas emissions
“Being chosen by MasTec is an honor and we value our partnership with them,” said Bob Montanaro, Southeast Regional Sales Manager of Solectria Renewables. “We know that our inverters are the best choice for this 8MW project – they have been deployed across all of North America because of their reliability, bankability and highest return on investment (ROI).”