National Grid Unveils Solar Awning System

NEC member National Grid recently unveiled semi-transparent solar awnings at the company’s Sustainability Hub in Worcester, MA.  National Grid collaborated with Clark University and the City of Worcester to install the awnings as an educational tool for students.

National Grid’s Sustainability Hub acts as a center to teach visitors about energy use and sustainability by featuring smart grid technologies, smart meter use for home appliances, and showcasing special displays like one about the solar awning system. The solar awning system is the first of its kind in Massachusetts and demonstrates to visitors a flexible, integrated energy solution for buildings with limited available roof space. The idea for solar awnings came from the course project of a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute–also an NEC member.

In a speech at the unveiling of the solar awning system, Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said, “Worcester is a leader not only in green power, but in brain power. Thank you to National Grid, Clark, and WPI for showing the way.”

The New England Council congratulates National Grid on its continued efforts to educate the New England community on sustainability and on the successful unveiling of this innovative solar awning project. Read more in Worcester Business Journal and Worcester Telegram.

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