Website tracks energy used and saved by new Easthampton High School building
WEBSITE TRACKS ENERGY: Interested city residents can now track the energy generated — and saved — by the solar system that is part of the new Easthampton High School building on Williston Avenue.
The Solrenview site, created by Solectria Renewables, shows the energy generated daily by the high school building’s photovoltaic system, as well as the carbon emissions offset by the building’s use of renewable energy.
As of Tuesday morning, for example, the site showed the system has generated 38,062 kilowatt hours since it was installed and avoided 23 tons of carbon emissions. Those emissions are equivalent to 3,361 gallons of gas, or the power needed to charge $7.04 million smartphones, according to the site.
The new high school — which opened for classes in April — won points from the state School Building Authority for its environmentally-friendly features including the photovoltaic panels on the roof and energy-saving lighting systems.
The Solrenview site, www.solrenview.com/SolrenView/mainFr.php?siteId=1928, is one of the “links of interest” on Easthampton’s official website.
— BARBARA SOLOW