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Malden School Installs Solar PV System

| February 28, 2017

Solar energy system on the roof of Malden Catholic High School

Malden, MA – Malden Catholic High School has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton to install a 476 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Malden campus. The solar array is expected to cover a significant portion of the school’s annual electricity use and stabilize its costs to protect against future rate hikes

The school entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) through PowerOptions Small Systems Solar Program. Under the program, Solect owns and operates the solar array and sells the power generated back to the organization at a reduced, fixed rate for a period of 20 years. The agreement not only stabilizes the school’s energy costs, but provides the energy at a lower rate through an environmentally responsible source.

In addition to its solar installation, Malden Catholic is dedicated to a thorough recycling program and has recently converted to more energy-efficient lighting to ensure a more-efficient campus. Additionally, it has converted from print to digital marketing to support the school’s initiatives while minimizing its environmental impact.

The school has made strides in advancing environmental awareness and responsibility and felt solar from Solect is the next logical step.

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“We feel an obligation to our families, our donors and our community to act responsibly,” explained Thomas Doherty, Malden Catholic Headmaster. “Installing solar has both environmental and financial benefits.”

In addition to providing a challenging curriculum, championship caliber athletics, and a variety of activities, Malden Catholic High School consistently espouses the values instilled in its student body throughout the organization’s decision making process

“Solar is environmentally effective, enabling us to be a good steward of natural resources and reduce Malden Catholic’s carbon footprint. Solar is also cost-effective, enabling us to be a good steward of the financial resources we receive through tuition payments and through donations to the school,” Doherty continued. “From every angle, it’s the right thing to do.”

“It was a pleasure partnering with Malden Catholic High School on a PPA program to bring affordable clean energy to the school” said Craig Huntley Partner at Solect, “They provide an outstanding service to the youth enrolled there, and we are thrilled to play a part in contributing to their success.”

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