Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


The purpose of this project was to determine the feasibility of various alternative energy sources for the Town of Leicester, MA. With the lowest payback period and maintenance costs, ample available roof space, and optimal solar potential at the Leicester Public Schools, a solar electric system is the best option for the Town of Leicester. We recommend the purchase and installation of three solar electric systems: a 100 kW system to be located on the High School roof, a 50 kW system on the Middle School roof, and a 50 kW system on the Memorial School roof. This would cost the town $508,750 after rebates, which would be paid back in about 8.8 years. The net savings of the system will be almost $2.8 million over 30 years, assuming a 6% annual increase in electricity cost.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



President's IQP Award, Second Place

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering