Here is a some solar energy news from the state of Massachusetts. The newly announced project will be the states largest operating SREC II Solar PV Project which is a 4.9 MW DC ground-mounted project. The array, located in Southwick, Massachusetts, is the 13th Solar Project developed by Kearsarge Energy.
This project when completed will increases Kearsarge’s Massachusetts track record to 37 MW of completed Solar Facilities.
The occasion was marked by a brief Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at the site and attended by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Town of West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson, Representative Nicolas A. Boldyga (R-Southwick), Nico Helems from the Office of State Senator Donald F. Humason, Jr. (R-Westfield), local and state officials, project stakeholders and friends and family.
About the Kearsarge Southwick solar project.
Kearsarge Southwick, consisting of 16,416 300-Watt PV modules on approximately 20 acres, will generate enough electricity over 20 years to offset more than 80,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and to power 600 homes annually.
All power from the facility will be purchased by West Springfield through a virtually net metered Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), saving the Town up to $4 million over the life of the project. In addition, Southwick will receive over $1 million in cumulative tax revenue.
Andrew Bernstein, Managing Partner of Kearsarge Energy commented on the project:
Kearsarge is pleased to have completed our latest solar project with significant benefits to all public and private stakeholders: the host municipality, Southwick, with new tax revenue; West Springfield, with substantial energy cost savings; the landowner, through a long term lease; our Massachusetts-based construction partner, Innovative Engineering Solutions, Inc.; and the Commonwealth, providing cleaner energy and local jobs. Building on successful relationships such as these, Kearsarge is poised to double its solar portfolio by the end of 2015.
“Through clean energy technology and public-private partnerships, our administration is committed to diversifying Massachusetts’ energy portfolio and delivering affordable, reliable service to ratepayers,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.
As one of the top five states for jobs in the solar industry, projects like these continue to transform the Commonwealth’s landscape and future, reducing emissions, spurring economic growth and creating jobs for our residents.
“I am delighted to partner with Kearsarge Energy on this solar project. West Springfield’s public–private partnership with Kearsarge is an example of what can be accomplished to build a more sustainable world while at the same time benefiting the taxpayers,” said West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan.
“This project is a great example of how harnessing solar power can protect the environment, save on energy costs, and create jobs,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson.
Projects like this one in Southwick play a key role in reaching the Baker-Polito Administration’s solar goal of 1600 megawatts by 2020.
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