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Solar Project Ribbon Cutting

Sunday, September 8, 2019 8 Elul 5779

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Temple Beth Abraham in conjunction with ReVision Energy, will inaugurate its newly installed Solar Electric power generation and LED lighting retrofit projects at a gala ribbon cutting ceremony. The projects, which were installed in July 2019, are part of a major energy initiative the goal of which is both to enhance long term financial sustainability and to reduce the carbon footprint of the facility. The inaugural fete will feature greetings from state and local officials as well as a live demonstration of the solar electric generation capability of the system. Refreshments will be served.

The solar project includes the installation of approximately 250 320W solar panels with a total production capacity of just under 80 kW. The inverters and optimizers are manufactured by Solar Edge, a high-tech Israeli company. The system is anticipated to generate approximately 85,000 kWh annually, which will supply 80% of the electric power requirement of the synagogue. The project cost of $170,000 will be borne by a group of local investors organized by ReVision Energy who will reap the federal tax incentives and system depreciation over the first five years of operation. Following that time, the congregation will have the option to buy out the system for approximately $100,000 after which the annual synagogue operating expenses will reduce by approximately $13,000 providing a payback period of seven years.

The synagogue is also retrofitting approximately 180 lighting fixtures with high efficiency, long lasting LED fixtures, which is anticipated to reduce annual electric consumption by 13,500 kWh and eliminate maintenance costs associated with light bulb and ballast replacement. The gross project cost of the LED retrofit, also by ReVision Energy, is $28,500, reduced by $5,300 in rebates offered by Eversource. The LED retrofit project will be financed by the congregation with an anticipated breakeven in year seven.

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