Building on their previously announced partnership in September to develop 17 community solar farms in Massachusetts, ENGIE and Clean Energy Collective (CEC) have announced they will jointly pursue community solar farms throughout New England. Under the agreement, the companies will pursue solar projects in multiple Northeast states.
“Our relationship with ENGIE, coupled with our unmatched ability to deliver localized, market-specific community solar solutions on a national scale, makes the possibilities for community solar nearly limitless,” said CEC founder and CEO, Paul Spencer. “No two companies are better positioned to accelerate broad and equal access to affordable clean energy. We are pursuing dozens of projects in five states and this will pave the way for exciting new innovations in the rapidly-expanding community solar industry.”
Under the arrangement, ENGIE and CEC will share financial and technological resources, including CEC's Community Solar Platform, to develop and deploy a large portfolio of community solar projects across the Northeast. They are already building out an aggressive portfolio of 22 megawatts of community solar projects in Massachusetts, allowing 5,000 people to go solar.
The companies also will jointly own and operate the community solar projects. The farms will be available to thousands of residents, businesses and public entities that otherwise can’t go solar on their own rooftops.
“As market innovators, CEC has proven community solar is an effective tool in meeting the growing demand for clean energy. ENGIE is excited to partner with CEC as the leader in this space, delivering on community solar’s potential in the Northeast and beyond,” said Vikram Kulkarni, vice president of solar for ENGIE Resources. “We are seeing increasing demand for clean generation in New England, and we commend our customers, regulators, and grid operators as we all promote our clean generation agenda,” Kulkarni added.
The companies say the partnership will allow them to scale growth of projects faster than either could do on their own. ENGIE is a retail electric provider in the US and Canada. It’s been in New England since 2003. CEC has built community solar farms across multiple states.Tweet