Eversource Solar Program Powers Through Another Milestone!
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We knew it was a tremendous undertaking when we made the commitment to build 19 new solar facilities across the region, in every type of weather New England can throw at you, in about a year. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver almost eight times more solar power by next year than we did in 2017.
We’re thrilled we’re almost halfway there, with 10 of our newly built solar plants already producing green energy across our region. In just six months we’re now delivering enough energy to power 4,000 homes.
By next year, when the Solar Program is complete, we’ll be capable of delivering an additional 62 megawatts of clean, competitively priced solar energy benefiting communities and customers in both Western and Eastern Massachusetts and power almost 10,000 average sized homes. That gives us a total of 70 megawatts of solar energy flowing into the grid, factoring in the output from our original three solar plants in Western Mass.
“We were one of the first energy companies in the nation to build a universal solar plant over eight years ago in Pittsfield, and look how far we’ve come,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Ausere. “Solar energy has become an increasingly important way to help meet summertime energy needs while assisting the commonwealth with its greenhouse gas reduction goals and we’re proud to be collaborating with our regulators to solve for the future energy needs of Massachusetts.”
All told, we’re building 15 new ground-mounted facilities. Southampton, Hinsdale, Greenfield, Hampden, Savoy, East Longmeadow, and Wareham are all in line to get connected to the grid.
We’re also building four canopy-style solar plants at our service centers and offices in East Springfield, New Bedford and Plymouth (that are already online) and Westwood.
Together, they’ll generate enough electricity to power more than 10,000 homes, and will represent the greenhouse-gas-reduction equivalent of taking more than 6,000 cars off the road per year.
Bring on the sun! 62 megawatts here we come!