Monday, November 29, 2010

SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. and BPVS Bring Solar to New YWCA

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. ("SCHOTT Solar") and Berkshire Photovoltaic Services (BPVS) announced today the completion of a 28.6 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system for the YWCA of Western Massachusetts Campus of Hope housing complex in Springfield.

The YWCA of Western Massachusetts created the Phase II Supportive Housing Complex to offer secure homes, daycare and educational resources for abused women and their families. In addition to making the facility safe and comfortable for its residents, the YWCA also committed to using solar power as an energy source.

"SCHOTT Solar is privileged to help bring solar to the Campus of Hope," said Tom Hecht, President and chief sales officer of SCHOTT Solar PV, Inc. "By working with organizations like the YWCA and our partner BPVS, our commitment to a strong U.S. solar industry expands beyond creating American jobs to creating a meaningful impact for facilities that help improve lives."

BPVS designed and installed the PV system on the nearly completed Campus of Hope housing complex. It features 130 SCHOTT POLY® 220 modules that will annually save the facility more than $5,000 in electricity costs and defer more than 19 tons of carbon emissions.

"BPVS is proud to provide our community with a clean energy system that will help the YWCA ease concerns over electric bills while offering safe housing to women and families in need," said Chris Kilfoyle, president of BPVS of Adams, Mass.

"Having a green facility with solar panels helps send the message of optimism for a clean energy future to our residents and visitors to our campus," said Mary Reardon Johnson, executive director of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.

The PV system and installation were funded through a grant by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust's Green Affordable Housing Development Program and the Commonwealth Solar Rebate Program.