Willy’s Gym to Host the Largest Roof-Mounted Solar Array on Cape Cod

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Contacts: Fred Schwer, Willy’s Gym; (508) 255-6370
                        Mike Behrmann, Revolution Energy; (508) 395-5012

Eastham, MA- The largest roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system on Cape Cod will soon be put into service to bring sustainable power to Willy’s Gym and Fitness Center located in Eastham, MA.  The 1872 individual solar panels were installed as a partnership between Willy’s Gym and Revolution Energy of Portsmouth, NH.  The panels will produce over 530,000 kWh of electricity annually for the sports facility.  The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for October 15, 2012.

“I am very pleased that Willy’s has entered into a power purchase agreement with Revolution Energy, LLC and Dynamics Solar, LLC to install the largest private rooftop solar array on Cape Cod,” said Fred Schwer, Chief Operating Officer of Willy’s Gym.  “Willy’s takes our commitment to our local environment seriously and I am very excited that 56% of our substantial energy requirements will be produced by a renewable source,” says Schwer.

Over the course of the PPA, Willy’s is estimated to save 2.7 million dollars in energy costs al while reducing their carbon footprint.  The project represents yet another successful commercial installation for Revolution Energy, after completing a comparable sizes system for The Edge Sports Arena in Bedford, MA.  The electricity generated is being sold by Revolution Energy to Willy’s using a mechanism called a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  Revolution sells the power generated from the system it owns and maintains to Willy’s, where the array is located.  This eliminates the upfront cost of installing a solar array for Willy’s, while reducing their cost of purchasing electricity. 

“This is a great example of a local business seeing the benefit of this technology on this kind of facility,” says Michael Behrmann, Co-Founder and President of Revolution Energy.  “We are proud to be in this project with an incredible facility and organization like Willy’s,” says Behrmann.

“Willy’s is constantly making strides to upgrade our facilities including high efficiency lighting and electric motors and this is one more step in supporting a green future for our community, our families and our children,” adds Schwer.

The increase of photovoltaic array construction across Massachusetts is part of a wider policy initiative by the state to reach 400MW of installed solar capacity.  The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center supervises the Solar Carve-Out program, allowing commercial sites like Willy’s and providers like Revolution to access clean, sustainable, and economical power.  The program is nationally recognized as a success, with the partnership between Willy’s Gym and Revolution Energy being the most recent example. 

Revolution Evergy was founded in 2008 and installs renewable energy systems throughout the northeast.  Revolution specializes in accessing all available state and federal rebates on the client’s behalf, making the project as affordable and simple as possible, and passing these savings on to the consumer.  To learn more about Revolution Energy’s energy projects, please visit www.rev-en.com.

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Source: Revolution Energy

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