3.2 Megawatt Solar Array Designed By Fuss & ONeill
Boston, MA (September 21, 2015)—When students returned this fall to the campus of Bristol Community College they were met with a dazzling sight—New Englands largest solar parking canopy. The 3.2 megawatt solar array, which can produce enough power to meet half of the campus energy needs, covers 800 parking spaces on the Fall River, Massachusetts campus. Over the next twenty years, the solar canopy will save Bristol Community College more than $1.75 million in energy costs, and will reduce the colleges carbon emissions by more than 1,500 tons per year.
"This is an extraordinarily important renewable energy project," said Kevin Sullivan, PE, LEED AP, vice president of Fuss & ONeill Inc., the projects designers. "Not only will the solar canopy promote sustainability on campus, but it will save Bristol Community College tens of thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Bristol Community Colleges solar canopy project is a great example of how universities, community colleges, and other institutions can save millions of dollars by promoting sustainability."
The Bristol Community College solar canopy is one of three solar arrays designed by Fuss & ONeill for Massachusetts institutions of higher education. Last year, a Fuss & ONeill-designed solar canopy went online at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, and later this year another will begin operations at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Fuss & ONeill is also currently designing a ground-based solar array for Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
About Fuss & ONeill
Fuss & ONeill, Inc. has provided consulting engineering services for over 90 years. With a staff of over 260, the firm collaborates on projects from offices in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and South Carolina, Fuss & ONeill, delivering a comprehensive suite of services across the breadth of scientific, engineering, planning, and design disciplines. The firm is ranked among the Top 200 Environmental firms and Top 500 Design firms in the United States by Engineering News Record magazine. Fuss & ONeill can be found online at www.fando.com.