Roxbury Community College Unveils a Football Field of Solar Panels Over a Parking Lot

On a bright, sunny Friday, Boston’s Roxbury Community College (RCC) unveiled a big new energy project.

RCC President Valerie Roberson cut the ribbon on a football field-sized canopy of solar panels that hangs over a repaved parking lot. And, 500 feet beneath the parking lot, there’s more: 115 geothermal wells designed to capture energy for heating and cooling the campus.

Kevin Hepner, vice president of finance and administration at RCC, says this “tri-level” infrastructure for renewable energy is the first of its kind in the state. And Roberson says it’s a sign that urban and community colleges are joining a statewide push against climate change.

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