New renewable energy kiosk opened at Westwood High
The town of Westwood and Ameresco Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, co-hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 17 to unveil the new interactive kiosk located in the lobby at the Westwood High School.
“We’re excited the solar arrays at the schools are complete and are operational and that the kiosk, donated by Ameresco, has been installed,” said Thomas Philbin, energy manager, of Westwood. “Ameresco’s technical expertise and experience has afforded us a valuable partner in helping Westwood to drive our energy strategy forward. In addition, the kiosk will provide our students and the community with an informational tool that helps to further enhance the learning environment.”
The interactive kiosk will display the environmental benefit of solar and provide information about the town’s solar arrays at the Westwood High School, Thurston Middle School, and the Martha Jones and Downey Elementary Schools.
Ameresco designed, built, owns and will operate the four roof-top renewable energy arrays. The multimillion-dollar, 616 kW-DC renewable energy project includes approximately 1,800 panels installed on the roofs of the schools, creating energy savings upwards of $2 million over the 20-year term of the agreement for the town.
“Our solar initiative was fiscally prudent for the town’s bottom line, and it provides an important educational opportunity for our community. In addition, as a Green Community, it helps support our commitment to minimizing climate change effects and environmental stewardship. This project allows us to save approximately $100,000 annually in energy expenses, all without incurring any capital costs by the Town or our schools,” said Superintendent of Schools John Antonucci.