Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - December 10, 2021
Massachusetts Adds More Community Solar
A group of rooftop solar projects are online and the remainder are scheduled to be commissioned by early 2022 in Massachusetts, ranging from the Cape Cod region to the Berkshires.
The SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) program launched a portfolio of seven new solar projects to provide access to businesses, communities, and households in the state in partnership with Acadia and ENGIE North America. Combined, the projects will generate approximately 40 MW of renewable power, producing enough energy to power more than 5,600 households annually.
Community solar projects connect towns to nearby solar projects (also known as solar gardens) where rooftop solar is not an option and provides savings on subscribers' monthly energy bills and adds clean energy to the local grid.
“Community solar provides access to clean energy to businesses, communities, and lower-income households that cannot install rooftop solar and have been traditionally left out of the clean energy transition," said Joel Gamoran, vice president and general manager of energy services at Arcadia in a statement. “Access to clean energy shouldn't be a matter of circumstance or privilege — every homeowner, renter, and business owner should be able to enjoy the benefits of clean energy. We're excited to partner with ENGIE North America to accelerate the growth of community solar across the Commonwealth."