Rhode Island College completes rooftop solar project - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 11, 2019

Rhode Island College completes rooftop solar project

Construction has been completed at Rhode Island College (RIC) of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the rooftops of the Donovan Dining Center and the Student Union. The $300,000 project is expected to save the college more than $231,000 in energy costs over the next 15 years.

“Generating clean, renewable energy on campus is a priority for Rhode Island College and Ameresco is a valuable partner in achieving that goal,” said Rhode Island College President Frank D. Sánchez. “We are committed to creating a greener, more sustainable campus, as evidenced by our 2017 recognition as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. This project is an important step forward in that work.”

The project was installed by the College in partnership with Ameresco, Inc., which previously partnered with RIC to provide cost savings through energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades to 33 buildings.

The solar rooftop system utilized funding from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The 110.9 kW system will be tied into the college’s electric service and is expected to generate 132,502 kWh in the first operating year. Savings will be in the form of direct reduction of kWh usage. The facility is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 1,358 metric tons of CO2 annually.


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