The Westport River Watershed Alliance’s River Center is now hooked up to the grid and is producing clean electricity with its recently installed array of solar panels. As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky at the summer solstice, the sixteen panels are at maximum efficiency, yielding 5.2 kilowatts of power for the River Center.
The Alliance installed the solar panels as part of the creation of an environmentally friendly building for their new headquarters and public educational center. Funded by a grant from BayCoast Bank, the solar system will provide up to 90% of the building’s energy needs.
This is in keeping with BayCoast’s mission to encourage non-fossil fuel energy.
The building was completed last fall and the solar electrical installation by New England Clean Energy Company of Hudson, MA, took place earlier this year. Now, the regional electric company Eversource has installed the new electric meter to make it fully functional.
“Our commitment to the protecting the environment is evident not only in our continued support of the important work done by the Westport Watershed Alliance, but also in our investment in solar arrays at our headquarters in Swansea, MA. Partnering with WRWA on the implementation of solar panels on their newly constructed center was a natural extension of that commitment,” explained Nicholas M. Christ President and CEO BayCoast Bank.
“We are so grateful to BayCoast for all that they have done to support the Watershed Alliance, the River Center and the communities they serve,” said Deborah Weaver, WRWA Executive Director.
Many environmentally friendly features were incorporated into the construction of the River Center, including composting toilets, efficient LED lighting and building insulation to minimize energy use for heating and cooling.