A Bright New Energy Strategy

Solar panelsNational Grid is poised to take on an even greater role in producing clean energy for our customers with an announcement today about the expansion of our utility-owed solar power generation efforts in Massachusetts.

  • As part of our solar program, National Grid will build nineteen new solar installations that we will own and operate – increasing our solar power generation capacity from an existing 5 MW to 21 MW.
  • This represents enough clean energy to power 3,200 homes.
  • We’re also taking an innovative approach in thinking through where these solar sites will be built. Unlike traditional solar installations typically housed in one large location, National Grid opted to build multiple, smaller installations in strategic communities where energy demands are typically high.
  • Installing solar generation near high demand locations enables us to experiment with new tools to help meet our customers’ energy demands in a more efficient way, and for National Grid to work alongside the state to lead best practices in this area.
  • The installations will be built by Borrego Solar, SolarCity and PowerSecure in the communities of Abington, Attleboro, Ayer, Charlton, Dighton, Grafton, Hanover, Leicester, Millbury, Shirley, Sturbridge and Swansea. All nineteen sites are slated to be operational by June 2015.

Expanding our utility-owned solar strategy is part of National Grid’s Connect21 agenda to update and expand the energy infrastructure in the northeast. Under the Green Communities Act, electric utilities are allowed to construct, own and operate up to 50 MW of solar generation, and this effort will bring us to about half of our permitted generation capacity. To learn more, read an article published in today’s Boston Globe.

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