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Commercial, Distributed Generation, Solar  -  May 5, 2017

TigerPress installs 654 kW solar project using SRECs

Photo of the 654 kW rooftop solar project provided by EnterSolar. 

Customer printing company TigerPress on May 4 celebrated the completion of a rooftop solar installation at its facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., that is expected to generate 65% of its electricity needs. 

TigerPress utilized the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources SREC program, which was designed to offer renewable energy credits to those businesses tapping renewable energy, according to a joint news release from the company and its partner for the project, EnterSolar. The SREC program supports the state's goal of installing 1,600 MW of solar capacity by 2020.

"Going solar made sense for us for a variety of reasons," TigerPress CEO Jennifer Shafii said in a statement. "From our employees to our management team, everyone at TigerPress is dedicated to sustainability and environmental practices.  Not only does going solar help us achieve that goal, but it made good business sense as well, allowing us to continue to invest in our community." 

The rooftop solar installation is expected to significantly reduce the company's dependence on the grid in addition to providing environmental benefits to its Western Massachusetts and Pioneer Valley neighbors. TigerPress said the company "prides itself on its dedication to environmentally sustainable practices," not limited just to its energy use.  

Massachusetts earlier this year announced a significant retooling of way it had previously subsidized solar projects. The move was prompted by the state's new energy law, signed by the governor in August 2016. According to a report from Massachusetts Live, the change was estimated to halve the annual cost of solar installations to electricity ratepayers, "from $400 million to $500 million under previous versions of the program to $200 million to $250 million under the new program."

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