Irvine, Calif.-based solar developer Sunpin has been awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) issued by the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program.
The 20-year feed-in tariff (FIT) incentive contract was awarded by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (WMECO, dba Eversource) to Sunpin’s Blandford project. When completed, the Blandford project, sited in western Massachusetts, will be 5 MW AC – the largest solar project in WMECO territory, says Sunpin.
“We’re very pleased to have been awarded the feed-in tariff incentive by Massachusetts’ SMART program,” says Sunpin’s president, Tom Li. “Sunpin began developing Massachusetts solar projects six years ago. Our plan is to continue to focus our efforts on solar development in Massachusetts, as well as the rest of the U.S., over the next few years. Ultimately, by 2021, we aim to develop a portfolio of a gigawatt’s worth of solar projects in the U.S.; a significant portion of them will be located in Massachusetts.”
In total, Sunpin has over 100 MW of solar installations under development in Massachusetts. Sunpin will submit these projects in the next round of Massachusetts’ SMART incentives when they become available. Additionally, Sunpin is currently building a 96 MW solar project in Southern California; this project is expected to be in commercial operations by May.
SMART, sponsored by Eversource, National Grid and Unitil, will encourage the development of solar PV technology throughout the state of Massachusetts by supporting 1.6 GW of new solar generating capacity.