Gov. Patrick Tours Broadway Electrical's Solar Project at Salem State University

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and state and local officials attended an event at Salem State University, commemorating the solar PV project at Salem State’s Atlantic Hall. Broadway Electrical Co. Inc, a full-service, family-owned electrical construction and solar energy installation company, designed, supplied and installed the 68-kilowatt (kW) system on the existing roof of the Salem State University Central Campus Residence Hall.

“Our administration has put a major emphasis on supporting and growing the state’s renewable-energy projects, and we are seeing the results of this today,” Patrick said. “I commend Salem State University and Broadway Electrical for helping the Commonwealth make the transition to a clean-energy economy and setting a great example for communities and businesses throughout the state.”

The system, composed of four Fronius Inverters and 252 Suntech 270W solar panels mounted using a Unirac Rail System, will reduce the university’s use of grid-produced electricity by approximately 90,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year and represents a projected energy budget savings of $12,350 per year based on a rate of $0.13 cents per kWh.

Salem State completed the project through the management coordination of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA). Broadway Electrical integrated a web-based Fat Spaniel monitoring system that provides a comprehensive array of data collection, inverter monitoring, power metering, communications networking and environmental assessment components.

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