Ameresco, Greenbacker Construct Solar Carports at Boston Apartments
Boston Properties, a publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the United States, added a 5.2 MW solar photovoltaic array at its Carnegie Center in Princeton, New Jersey.
“We’re thrilled to complete this installation,” said John Powers, executive VP, New York Region, BXP. “Adding this renewable energy feature under a PPA enhances our customer experience and reduces energy costs without capital expenditures by BXP.”
Delivered in partnership with Ameresco and Greenbacker Renewable Energy under a power purchase agreement, the 13,000-panel system is comprised of four large PV-covered parking canopy systems located at 101, 302, 510 and 701 Carnegie Center. The power generated by the system is expected to provide at least 75% of the total annual energy consumption at the four buildings, which total 554,000 square feet.
“The significant addition of solar at Carnegie Center exemplifies doing well by doing good,” said Ben Myers, VP of sustainability, BXP. “The project represents what sustainability is all about — achieving outcomes that benefit people and planet. We will continue to identify creative opportunities across our portfolio that decarbonize operations through energy efficiency and procurement of energy from renewable sources.”
In addition, the canopies provide year-round covered parking for approximately 1,400 spaces and were designed to complement the surroundings.
“This solar installation is the result of the hard work and dedication of all parties involved,” said Doran Hole, chief financial officer and senior VP of Ameresco. “We are proud to partner with Boston Properties and Greenbacker to further our collective goal of reducing carbon and investing in the environmental health of the communities where we all operate.”