On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Wayland Middle School hosted the ribbon cutting of an innovative new clean energy resiliency project.

In 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) was awarded a Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI) grant from the Commonwealth on behalf of Wayland to develop a resiliency project at the Middle School, which also serves as a community and regional emergency shelter. Resiliency is critical during severe storms and grid outages

Thanks to path-breaking, first-of-a-kind public-private collaboration among Wayland, MAPC, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and Ameresco (the developer and operator of the solar parking canopies at the school), advanced switching controls will now enable the canopies to send solar power to the shelter during grid outages, thus extending on-site fossil fuel supplies, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

There are plans to add battery storage in the future to further extend the shelter’s resiliency.

For more information, read the MAPC blog post here, or the Ameresco press release here.

From left to right: Cammy Peterson, Director of Clean Energy (MAPC); David Anderson, Executive Vice President and Director (Ameresco); Commissioner Judith Judson (DOER); and Louise Miller, Town Administrator (Town of Wayland). Credit Kaat Vander Straeten.