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Houghton
College/NextEra Solar
Array
Solar Array Details
 2.5 MW system covering 11 acres
 2.92 million kWh production
(equivalent to powering 270 homes all year)
 Will provide 54% of Houghton’s annual electricity demand
 No cost to Houghton to build or maintain
(funding through NextEra Energy & NYSERDA grant)
 Array will be owned and operated by NextEra
 Houghton has agreed to purchase 100% of the energy
generated by the array for 25 years
Benefits to Houghton
 Guaranteed energy rates
 Potential savings of $1-3 million over 25 years
 Clean, renewable energy
 23% greenhouse gas emission reduction
(1,877 MTCO2e or like taking 400 cars off road)
 Publicity
Construction Timeline
 Material procurement – now
 Site preparation: May
 Construction and installation: June – August
 Installation complete – mid September
 Ribbon cutting - Homecoming
 Operational – March 2015 or earlier
(depending on RGE)
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