By Cameron Chai
Real Goods Solar’s commercial division, RGS Energy is wrapping up the final stages of a solar array system at the new Kohler Environmental Center of Choate Rosemary Hall located in Wallingford, Connecticut.
The solar array system is intended to fulfill the electricity demand of the building and will start production later this spring. The project comprises more than 1,000 numbers of ground-mounted solar panels that cover more than a 1 ac site located nearby the environmental center. It will also feature a data monitoring system, which will allow students of Choate Rosemary Hall to monitor the system’s production and compare the electricity generation of the system with the electricity consumption in the building.
The Kohler Environmental Center’s construction manager is Shawmut Construction. RGS Energy and Shawmut Construction have built a system that can fulfill the electricity demand of the school and the building. Shawmut Construction’s Mike Kearns stated that the company teamed up with RGS Energy to design a solar array system that can generate an amount of energy equivalent to that of a net zero energy project, within the limits of the budget and site.
RGS Energy’s Director of Engineering and Vice President of Commercial Operations, Carter Wilding-White commented that this new solar array system will provide an opportunity to students and the public to understand solar energy production and its effect on daily lives. He is especially happy for Choate Rosemary Hall students as they will get direct exposure to understand more about renewable energy.