FireFlower Alternative Energy and Xaverian Brothers High School Complete Solar Development
Local company, FireFlower Alternative Energy, has partnered with Xaverian Brothers High School to build a rooftop solar array at 800 Clapboardtree Street in Westwood. The solar array covers approximately 32,000 square feet of rooftop and has a capacity of 326 kilowatts. It will create approximately 378,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough power to offset nearly 25% of the annual electricity consumption on site.
Xaverian Brothers High School enlisted the expertise of FireFlower Alternative Energy to research, design, and implement construction of the project. Entrepreneur Kathleen C. Doyle founded FireFlower Alternative Energy in 2008. Ms. Doyle has extensive expertise in solar, wind, and biofuel development, combined with over 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate.
Of the Xaverian Brothers High School project, Ms. Doyle said, “The school is securing its power prices on a long-term basis and has already begun generating clean, renewable energy, achieving greater energy independence now and in the future. A system of this size will generate over 9,410,450 kilowatt hours (kWhs) over its lifetime of 25 years. That is equal to avoiding the emission of 6,613 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the burning of 744,170 gallons of gasoline.
Brother Daniel Skala, Headmaster of Xaverian Brothers High School, is excited about the newly installed solar array. His enthusiasm stems from the fact that his institution is reducing its carbon footprint and demonstrating leadership in sustainability. By installing a solar array on the rooftop of their esteemed institution, Brother Dan and the trustees of Xaverian Brothers High School are keeping with the recent comments of Pope Francis regarding the environment and how The Holy Father wants our planet’s inhabitants to ‘care for our common home’. Brother Dan would like to implement a program to educate the 950 students currently enrolled in the school on the daily environmental benefits of the solar array.
The Xaverian Brothers High School solar array is net metered and interconnected to the grid, generating renewable power with an estimated annual market value of over $152,000. Additionally, the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), created by the state to help incentivize solar development in Massachusetts, will generate income to help finance the system for the high school.
MassAmerican Energy, the installation vendor for this project, is a leading full-service solar energy provider. MassAmerican was a key player in the design and installation of the new solar array, completing this project on time and on budget.
FireFlower Alternative Energy helps businesses profitably invest in America’s energy independence. With a focus on the numbers, FireFlower invests in and develops renewable energy in the Northeast and can help site owners, commercial energy users, and the financial community collaborate to get real projects built. For more information about FireFlower Alternative Energy, visit http://www.fireflower-ae.com.
Contact: Kathleen C. Doyle, CEO and Founder