NRG Energy Inc. has completed a 14.7 MW community solar farm in Spencer, Mass., which the company says will serve the electricity needs of more than 1,500 residential and commercial subscribers in the state.
The Spencer community solar farm – situated on 200 acres of the historic St. Joseph’s Abbey – is 100% subscribed and consists of more than 61,000 solar photovoltaic panels. The new facility is NRG’s third operating community solar farm in Massachusetts, and Drew Warshaw, the company’s vice president of community solar, says the project “represents an opportunity for a diverse mix of residential and commercial customers to support clean energy and receive long-term savings on their electricity bill all without putting solar panels on their roof.”
Subscribers to the Spencer facility entered into a 20-year agreement with NRG Community Solar and, in exchange for a fixed monthly payment, earn credits toward their electricity bill based on their allocation of renewable energy net-metering credits generated by the project.
“We welcome the opportunity to be part of this important and sustainable project for renewable energy resources for Massachusetts,” comments John Stevens, chairman of the Spencer Board of Selectmen. “Generating electricity from renewable energy offers significant public benefits, energy price stability and health dividends.”
NRG says the project created 150 jobs during its nearly year-long construction, and it represents one of many community solar projects NRG has in the pipeline in Massachusetts and Minnesota.