Colorado-based community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) says its recent purchase of two solar projects from Massachusetts-based BlueWave Capital represents a broader expansion plan to make community-owned solar available across the state of Massachusetts.
CEC plans to make the solar power available to residential and commercial customers in the Western Massachusetts Electric (WMECo) and National Grid territories. The two initial projects include the 997 kW Western Massachusetts Community Solar Array in Hadley, serving WMECo customers, and the 997 kW Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array facility in Rehoboth, in National Grid territory. Construction on the projects is under way, and both are expected to be operational by late June.
CEC's community-owned solar model allows any customer in a participating utility territory – including renters, those with shaded roofs and people with modest incomes – to benefit from solar energy without having to install a rooftop system on their home or business. Community solar customers are afforded the same rebates and incentives as rooftop system owners, including Massachusetts Clean Energy Center rebates, and receive credit for the power produced directly on their monthly bills.