University Taps Spire Solar for Photovoltaic Projects

Spire Solar was selected to deliver and manage the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. The solar electric project will offer a hands on educational tool for students while reflecting the school administration’s vision for increased use of renewable energy.

Bedford, Massachusetts – June 9, 2004 [] These systems will be provided on two buildings, the Roger Williams School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation and the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management. The systems will be approximately 4.5 kW and 7.2 kW, respectively, and will be used by the University in the curriculum and to meet the University’s pledge to foster clean, renewable energy. The systems will be funded by the University and a grant from the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund. “Rhode Island’s progressive approach to funding clean, renewable energy generation makes these systems feasible, and we plan to pursue other system opportunities within the State, and around New England where policies encourage the technology,” said Steve Hogan, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Spire Solar. “The University is pleased to provide the means to incorporate solar energy applications on our campus,” said James C. Noonan, Roger Williams University Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. “The message this sends to students and local residents is a confirmation of the University’s foresight and commitment to providing a cleaner, healthier environment for our community. Noonan said the systems will be key to curriculum development in both the architectural and engineering programs, in hopes the school’s students could be future leaders in the application and promotion renewable energy technologies. Janice McClanaghan, Chief of Energy and Community Services at the Rhode Island State Energy Office said the type of hands-on education such projects offer, will help stimulate demand for the technology, creating more robust markets for clean energy over time. “Solar photovoltaic systems such as these being delivered at Roger Williams University not only increase the supply of clean energy generation in Rhode Island, but also educate students and others about solar technology and its benefits,” McClanaghan said. Spire Solar serves the rapidly growing worldwide market for solar energy by supplying module manufacturing equipment and solar energy systems. Roger Williams University is a regional, liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences, architecture, business, construction management, education, engineering, historic preservation, justice studies, legal studies, visual arts studies, and law. The university enrolls more than 4,000 students at the main campus in Bristol, Rhode Island, the Ralph R. Papitto School of Law, and at the Providence Metropolitan Center for Education and Law.
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