In 1981 Beverly High School was one of eight sites in the United States that then President Carter chose for a solar panel installation. Now called the Dr. John W. Coleman Greenergy Park, the site is the only remaining one from that era and also includes a wind turbine.
Beverly High 1981 Solar Array Video Series:
The newly built high school (opened fall 2010) is designated as a “green school” and in September 2011 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Director Andy Brydges said Beverly “set the standard” for other school districts. Combined with the panels on the hill, the 83-kilowatt rooftop array provides 15 percent of the building’s electrical demands.