GE Unit Builds Solar Projects Throughout Northeast

Through its Current subsidiary, General Electric (GE) has been building solar projects both for itself and for a diverse range of customers in the U.S. Northeast.

The global conglomerate first established Boston-based Current in late 2015 as a start-up unit to integrate GE’s solar, energy storage, LED and electric vehicle businesses. According to GE, Current now has a solar project portfolio of more than 17 MW. That includes a mix of solar carport and ground-mount projects under way or completed in several northeastern states.

“The clean energy movement continues to surge ahead, and businesses all over the Northeast are leading the charge, including right here at GE,” says Erik Schiemann, general manager of solar at Current. “Smart companies are realizing that solar isn’t just good for the environment, but it can help their bottom lines, too.”

GE says it has invested in on-site solar installations through Current at eight of the parent company’s own regional facilities, including in Bridgeport, Conn.; Lynn, Mass.; Marlborough, Mass.; Billerica, Mass.; Hooksett, N.H.; Schenectady, N.Y.; North Greenbush, N.Y.; and Rutland, Vt. These installations add up to more than 9.4 MW in solar carport and ground-mount power for a total savings of more than $13.8 million across the sites, according to GE.

In addition to the projects at GE facilities, Current is working on or has recently completed solar installations for outside customers in the Northeast, including the following:

  • Partners Healthcare’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod in Sandwich, Mass., will debut a 1.1 MW carport and ground-mount installation that will produce the equivalent of 70% of the hospital’s electricity consumption. The healthcare provider is also installing two carports at its Newton-Wellesley Hospital facility, which will save more than $4.4 million in energy costs.
  • Life care provider Seabury has installed solar ground-mount solutions to save more than $600,000 at its Life Plan community in Bloomfield, Conn.
  • Smith & Wesson’s new 2.6 MW solar carport project at its Springfield, Mass., industrial facility will provide approximately 10% of the site’s energy needs and offers a lifetime savings estimated at $2.8 million. The site also upgraded its lighting to more efficient LEDs from Current, further reducing energy consumption and energy costs.
  • The Town of Wallkill, N.Y., commissioned a 2.4 MW solar plant on a capped landfill, which will provide more than $2 million in savings.

“Adopting cleaner, more efficient technologies like solar and LED shows that we are committed to investing in the future of our businesses and communities,” says Schiemann. “We will continue supporting these efforts, both within GE and with our customers, as we all look to build a stronger, more sustainable outlook for our region.”

Photo courtesy of GE: The 2.4 MW solar farm in Wallkill, N.Y., built by Current.


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