Thanks to 16 newly announced community solar projects totaling 22 megawatts in Massachusetts, up to 5,000 residents and businesses will have the opportunity to go solar without putting solar panels on their roofs. The projects also will provide nearby communities with decades of property tax revenue, millions of dollars of construction investments and will create jobs all while providing their customers with savings on thier power bills.
ENGIE Resources and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) will own and operate the projects, sell the power generated at the facilities to customers of Eversource and National Grid. The projects will be installed throughout Massachusetts towns, among them Sutton, Williamsburg, Orange, Goshen, Phillipston, Uxbridge, West Bridgewater, Kingston, North Adams, Clarksburg, and Wareham. Customers of the utilties can sign up for CEC's SolarPerks program for the amount of solar energy they want. The customers' electric bills are credited for the power their portion of the solar farm generates with rates locked in for 20 years.
"ENGIE offers consumers a variety of renewable energy offerings as part of our commitment to a decentralized and decarbonized energy future, and community solar is a key component of that," said Vikram Kulkarni, vice president of solar for ENGIE. "This collaborative project adds valuable renewable energy to the grid while allowing our customers, including businesses, nonprofits, public entities, residents and even renters to 'go green' and save money with nothing on their roof or property."
The projects are part of a community solar explosion in Massachusetts. The state currently has 64 megawatts of community solar projects installed and is expected to see the addition of 407 megawatts by the end of 2019, according to GreenTech Media. With the latest announcement CEC has 30 community solar projects either operational or under development across Massachusetts, which will total 107 megawatts when all are completed.
"Combining the expertise of these two leading companies on a community solar portfolio of this magnitude is a win-win for Massachusetts energy consumers," said Paul Spencer, CEC founder and CEO. "ENGIE has an excellent track record meeting growing consumer demand for affordable renewable energy while delivering an incomparable customer experience."
Community solar projects across the US are giving customers more energy choices and providing low-income residents a chance to participate in money saving solar programs. Community solar project development has expanded to 26 states. The largest markets are expected to be Massachusetts, Minnesota, Colorado and California through 2019.Tweet