Rivermoor Energy, Zapotec Energy, and Fischbach & Moore begin 240 kw solar project for BWSC

February 24, 2010 - Green Buildings

Shown (from left) are: Bill Madden, project manager, Fischbach & Moore Electrical Group; Paul Lyons, president, Zapotec Energy; John Tourtelotte, managing director, Rivermoor Energy

Rivermoor Energy, a Newton-based solar development and investment firm specializing in commercial, government and utility projects, announces that construction will begin this month on one of the largest solar projects in Boston. Developed and designed by the consortium of Rivermoor, Fischbach & Moore Electrical Group and Zapotec Energy, Inc., the 240-kilowatt project at Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) headquarters will connect to the NSTAR grid.
Awarded on January 29th, the project involves installing a 240-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the BWSC rooftop on Harrison Ave. in Boston. Leveraging Mass.' Solar Renewable Energy Credits, construction and installation of the $1.075 million project will take three months and will create over 15 clean energy jobs for Massachusetts. When complete, the new solar energy system should produce 268,000 kilowatt hours of power annually, about 7% of the Commission's current power usage, which is the equivalent of planting 1,000 trees a year.
"We are proud to bring together a best-in-class financial and utility-scale solution to the BWSC that maximizes government incentives and solar renewable energy credits," said John Tourtelotte, managing director of Rivermoor Energy, which established the consortium of firms that ultimately won the City contract.
"We look forward to delivering this differentiated, cost-effective and energy-efficient solar array for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, and we congratulate NSTAR and its technical staff for its assistance in planning the interconnection to the electrical grid," said Paul Lyons, president of Cambridge based Zapotec Energy, Inc., which designed the solar energy system.
"It has been such a pleasure working with all of the collaborative partners on this project and we are so excited to see another clean, renewable energy project plugging into the NSTAR system," said Tom May, chairman, president and CEO of Boston-based NSTAR.