The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), Falmouth, Mass., recently commissioned Northern Power Systems, Waitsfield, Vt., to design and install a 26.4kW photovoltaic system that will generate almost 37,000kWh of electricity annually at its Ordway campus, allowing the building to supply all of its own energy. The project is part of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s $14.6 million Green Buildings Initiative started in May.
As designed, the building will produce all of its energy by way of renewable sources. Northern Power Systems will design and install silicon rooftop panels, which will convert solar energy into electricity. The building will remain connected to the grid, however, in the event that renewable sources are inadequate for satisfying short-term energy needs.