National Grid Announces 5 MW of Solar for Massachusetts

National Grid announced that it has made an informational filing with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for its plan to develop and own 5 megawatts (MW) of new solar generation capacity in the state. The company is the first in Massachusetts to present its proposal under the state’s new Green Communities Act, which calls for utilities to develop and own up to 50 megawatts (MW) of solar generating facilities by 2010.

National Grid’s proposal includes developing, building and owning solar installations across the state, working with customers to identify locations where the utility would install, own and maintain solar generation on customer-owned buildings or properties and providing information to customers who want to participate in existing solar initiatives as a supplement to National Grid’s energy efficiency programs.

“We are pleased to take a leadership role in promoting renewables, an important part of the Green Communities Act. We believe that developing solar generation can offer very real benefits to our customers and complements our existing portfolio of energy efficiency programs across the Northeast,” said Tom King, president of National Grid in the U.S.

As part of its plan, National Grid has proposed installation of solar panels at four company-owned sites. These locations include:
  • Revere – Wharf Street: 1.5-MW
  • Dorchester – Victory Road: 1-MW
  • Everett – Rover Street: 1.5-MW
  • Haverhill – Hilldale Road: 1-MW
“These installations are just a start for us; in the coming months, we expect to expand our program to include installations on customers’ properties including municipal, state and federally owned buildings. Massachusetts’ public schools also are included, as is providing education and advice on solar generation for our customers,” King said.
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