Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Putting Solar On It: Boston Properties Garage Roof 840kW PV Array

Monday witnessed the "Switch Flipping" ceremony for Boston Properties' new solar array at their Bay Colony Corporate Center in Waltham, MA. 

See the previous blog for the details on the system.

Many of the project participants were in attendance along with local and state dignitaries to celebrate.

It was great to attend and see real leaders for the future of sustainability in real estate. Congratulations and thank you Boston Properties!

Here is the scene: on a hillside in western Waltham, on the "outside" of Rt. 128, accessible from Winter Street, is Bay Colony, a couple million s.f. of prime Class A corporate office space. On a parking structure, the Boston Properties team, led by Chapter Director Ben Myers, conceived, organized (& financed) and implemented an 840kW PV array. In the distance you can see other Boston Properties holdings in Back Bay, Boston, on the horizon.

According to the team, this is the largest one of its kind in the Northeast. Participants included: Solaire, Healthy Planet Partners, and Boston Properties.

Also in attendance were members of the regional brokerage team - including Bruce Lee of Lee Partners of New England who used to work at Bay Colony (on left) and Boston Properties' SVP of Leasing, David Provost (on right).

Boston Properties is clearly a leader on sustainability in the built environment. They have one of the largest portfolios of LEED certified space in the state, and I've heard they are going for a net-zero project in Boston in the near future...

Here we have Senior VP Bryan Koop, Construction Manager (and Chapter Director) Ben Myers (who coordinated the project) and Michael Richter of Healthy Planet Partners discussing how they'll present and manage to "flip the switch".

Congratulations, Ben, nice work on behalf of our movement!

The Boston Properties Team "Array!"

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