Distributed Solar Development (DSD) has completed a custom solar canopy for MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts. The canopy enabled the property’s LEED New Construction Platinum level certification — the first for a gaming resort.
The canopy will contribute to MGM’s stated goal of reducing carbon emissions per square foot by 45% by 2025, using a 2007 baseline. Built with U.S.-made Nucor steel and a proprietary water management system, the 1.382-MW solar canopy sits atop the roof deck of the MGM Springfield’s parking garage.
“Our challenge was to design an efficient solar canopy that fit aesthetically with the magnificent MGM Springfield and could be installed at a cost that would deliver savings to MGM under a PPA,” said Ben Jones, Canopy Team Leader & Director of Engineering at Distributed Solar Development. “We were able to find the sweet spot of electrical, structural, and installation efficiency that’s not only cost effective but stamps MGM as an environmental leader.”
The solar canopy is one of the first projects to be financed by DSD’s new $250 million fund for distributed generation, first announced in October. The fund will help DSD meet growing demand from commercial and industrial clients for clean, renewable energy. It allows DSD to become a one-stop solution for assessing and designing, installing, operating, and maintaining distributed solar assets.
“We selected DSD for this project not only for its deep roots in GE’s 125-year history in power generation, but also for its extensive experience in the region and its roster of top solar industry talent,” said Michael Mathis, President at MGM Springfield. “Our LEED Platinum certification shows what happens when we live our values and make sustainability and renewable energy a cornerstone of our business.”
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