By Gary Thomas
Weatherproofing Technologies (WTI), a subsidiary of Tremco, has reported that work will be commenced on the company’s largest solar power project located in the Neshaminy School District of Pennsylvania.
The company will install the unique solar array project at Maple Point Middle School and Neshaminy High School. Generated power from this renewable solar source can supply around 90% of power to the schools, based on its current consumption.
Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance’s Manager of the Philadelphia region, Dean M. Bekas stated that an energy solution that does not demand for up front capital is offered by Tremco, as this solar project has been developed as a power purchase agreement (PPA). The power costs for this energy solution are fixed and less, when compared with the estimated market rates, according to Dean.
During March, the Neshaminy School Board voted to support the 400,000 square foot project. This project has included the installation of a 3.36 MW of solar array on the roofs of middle and high school together with enclosed bus parking structures. The Neshaminy School District need not spend for this $15 million solar project. In addition, this project will include $2 million to improve the Maple Point Middle School, which require the rooftop solar array.
WTI's new solar project is the largest in Pennsylvania and is the first project completed with no expenses to the school district. Federal Tax Credits (ITC), the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offer energy grants to this solar project. The company will commence the construction, when the grant is available, and it may take 10 months.