We are now on the fourth chapter in our journey toward completing solar thermal installations throughout Massachusetts. The projects featured in this chapter are unique to others done previously due to the designs and types of buildings. The individuals affected include elderly, low-income families, children, and disabled residents. In addition, at the conclusion of this entry are updates on completed projects!
Dalton Community Recreation Association in Dalton – 708 square foot system utilizing a solar thermal ground mounted array of panels. The solar fraction is 85% and the hot water produced will be used to heat the indoor pool used by the men, women, and children of the community.
The Dalton Community Recreation Association opened in 1923 as a nonprofit organization providing recreational, social, cultural and educational services for people of all ages in the Central Berkshire Regional School District and neighboring towns. Today, the CRA offers approximately 100 programs to the youth and adults of our community, making it a community house in the truest sense of the word.
Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) at Union Court in Pittsfield – 450 square foot system utilizing glazed flat plate collectors to provide for a solar thermal fraction of 56.3%. The hot water produced will be used for domestic purposes.
The POAH at Union Court has been operated as one property serving low-income families, elderly and disabled residents of Pittsfield since 1980. They are two distinguished structures, the Central Annex, formerly a high school, and Union Court, previously a hotel.
Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Pittsfield in Pittsfield – 1,280 square foot system utilizing closed-loop glycol tubes and glazed evacuated tube collectors to provide for a solar fraction of 81%. The hot water produced will be used domestically.
The Club began in 1899 as a place where boys could go to channel energy and ideas and, with the right supervision and encouragement, become productive citizens. The Boys' and Girls' Club of Pittsfield has grown from 320 members at its official inception in 1900 to approximately 5,000 today, producing leaders for the local community and beyond. Each day, approximately 1,200 to 1,400 members come into the club to participate in programs, play sports or simply hang out. The Club It bases its programs on member and community involvement and plays a recognized role as an advocate for youth.
Three projects have been completed: Woburn Housing Authority, the Squirrel Brand Building, and 337 Harvard Avenue! Photos are featured below…
Woburn Housing Authority
Squirrel Brand Building
337 Harvard Avenue
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