The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looking to reduce its carbon emissions and facing volatile electricity rates, turned to onsite solar to meet its objectives. Sol Systems won the RFP bid in a partnership with a local developer partner to build the array. Sol customized a competitive PPA using its deep knowledge of solar markets and policy, and proposed a demanding schedule with a plan to deliver. Sol’s in-house engineering team also provided a sound technical design for the project.
Because of their tax-exempt status and interconnection agreements, the University cannot export power to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) grid. Sol Systems structured and implemented a curtailment scheme to prevent export and maintain a safe electrical infrastructure. The 5.3MW portfolio (spanning 2 parking lot canopies and 5 rooftop systems) will reduce emissions by 31,456 metric tons of MTCo2e over its 20-year life.