US college opens 3.2MW solar parking canopy

A solar parking canopy with a capacity of 3.2MW has been opened at a college in New England. It is said to be the largest of its kind in the […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A solar parking canopy with a capacity of 3.2MW has been opened at a college in New England.

It is said to be the largest of its kind in the region, covering 800-parking spaces at Bristol Community College’s Fall River Campus.

It will generate more than 34 million kilowatt per hour of energy annually – enough to cover half of the campus’ electricity needs.

It will also help reduce more than 1,500 tons of carbon emissions per year.

The project has been built in a partnership between renewable energy company SunEdison and non-profit energy buying consortium PowerOptions.

They expect the college to save more than $175 million (£112m) in 20 years.

Governor Charlie Baker said: “Initiatives like the solar canopy at Bristol Community College leverage opportunities at state facilities and position the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while protecting the environment and moving towards our administration’s solar goal of generating 1,600MW at homes, businesses, municipalities and state agencies by 2020.”