New Environmental Center to be Net Zero Energy
RGS Energy, the commercial division of Real Goods Solar, is completing the final phases of a solar array at the new Kohler Environmental Center for Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. Designed to meet the annual electrical needs of the building, the array will be operational later this spring.
â€œThis system will give students and the public a great opportunity to see solar energy production and understand the impact that it can have on our daily lives,â€ said Carter Wilding-White, Vice President of Commercial Operations and Director of Engineering for RGS Energy. A 1997 graduate of the school, Mr. Wilding-White is particularly excited about exposing students to renewable energy, â€œChoate is providing its students the resources to go beyond the classroom and experience first-hand the applications of technology and science.â€
RGS Energy and Shawmut Construction, the Construction Manager for the Kohler Environmental Center, designed a system that met the needs of the building and the school. â€œRGS worked collaboratively with Shawmut to optimize the array to achieve the energy production of a Net Zero Energy project within the budget and site constraints,â€ said Mike Kearns of Shawmut Construction.
The project consists of just over 1,000 ground-mounted solar panels , covering over an acre adjacent to the new environmental center, and will include a data monitoring system that will enable students to observe the production of the system, and compare that to the amount of electricity the building is using. The intention of the solar project is to off-set the annual electrical needs of the building.
About RGS Energy
RGS Energy (http://www.rgsenergy.com) is the commercial division of Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: RSOL). Founded in 1978 Real Goods Solar has planned, designed, installed, and serviced solar electric (photovoltaic) systems on a national commercial and residential scale. From the first public sale of solar panels in 1978 to multi-megawatt installations, the clean energy aspirations of our clients have been the driving force behind our business. With over three decades of experience, we integrate unmatched industry expertise and engineering skill with innovative financing strategies to guide organizations to profitable energy solutions.
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