Massachusetts golf course drives away emissions with 273-kW solar project
Solar Power World | Billy Ludt
December 17, 2021
Greenskies Clean Focus, in partnership with Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC), has completed installing a dual-located rooftop and ground-mounted solar array totaling 273.7 kW at the Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich, Massachusetts.
Annually, the 720-plus solar panels on the golf cart barn and adjacent grounds will generate more than 350,000 kWh of clean energy. The array will supply 100% of the onsite electrical load of the Cranberry Valley Golf Course. In addition, Greenskies incorporated an upgraded panelboard at the golf cart barn to facilitate solar cart charging.
“We are very pleased that another of CVEC’s member communities is realizing the benefits of renewable energy,” said Maria Marasco, CVEC’s executive director. “As a result, the town is realizing savings on energy costs and reaping the benefits of utilizing solar energy.”
Harwich is one of CVEC’s 25 municipal members across Cape Cod and the Islands.
“Greenskies is delighted to help CVEC add more clean, renewable energy to the Town of Harwich,” said Stanley Chin, president and CEO of Connecticut-based Greenskies Clean Energy. “The Cranberry Valley Golf Course facility will address the growing clean energy needs of the community and deliver significant savings to the CVEC cooperative.”
Greenskies developed, constructed and will operate and maintain the system while its affiliate company, Clean Focus, provided financing and will own the system.
Together, the Greenskies Clean Focus team and CVEC have completed more than 22 MW of solar installations across 10 sites on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard and another solar system is underway at Oak Bluffs Elementary School.