College of St. Joseph and Green Mountain Power announced the completion of one of the largest rooftop solar installations in GMP’s service area, an array that could become a model for future rooftop development.  The 98-kilowatt project is known as the College of St. Joseph Solar Farm.

“We are thrilled to be able to put our gymnasium rooftop to good use, generating clean, renewable energy and contributing to the Rutland Solar Capital initiative,” CSJ President Rich Lloyd said. “It will serve as a physical symbol of the connection we are making to the GMP Energy Innovation Center and will serve as an educational tool for our students and visitors.”

GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said she was especially pleased with the project because it makes use of otherwise unproductive space for the benefit of GMP customers.

“Like the Creek Path Solar Farm, which was built on a brownfield, and the Stafford Hill Solar Farm, which will be built on a dormant landfill, the project represents a value-added use of the space,” Powell said. “I expect that this will be one of many rooftop projects built by the company and individual customers in the months and years ahead.”

GMP will own and maintain the project, which was built by Positive Energy of Poultney. Under a 25-year lease with CSJ, GMP will credit the college for 10 percent of the project’s output. The remaining energy will go onto the electric grid and will be consumed by local GMP customers.

“We will continue to look for ways to collaborate with GMP on projects and programs that benefit the community, the college and our students,” Lloyd said.

CSJ is one of four local colleges that signed a collaboration agreement with GMP last year. The agreement includes a host of projects and programs, including a monthly college lecture series at GMP’s Energy Innovation Center, job shadowing and internship opportunities, and plans for more renewable projects.