Connecticut-based Altus Power America Inc. has completed two community solar projects totaling 2.6 MW in Warren, Mass., and the systems are now delivering solar net-metering credits to more than 190 households in western Massachusetts and UMass Memorial Health Care.
Altus Power says the Warren projects, energized in December of 2015, are some of the first ground-mounted community solar systems in Massachusetts to be fully subscribed and operational.
“As an anchor off-taker for Altus’ two community solar projects, UMass Memorial Health Care can realize a reduction in its annual electricity costs by more than $40,000,” says Gary Valcourt, assistant vice president of facilities and capital planning for UMass Memorial.
“In addition to providing our academic medical center with significant savings on its energy bills, UMass Memorial is playing a critical role in ensuring these community solar projects are not only built, but also gain the necessary financing,” continues Valcourt. “The projects truly represent a win-win scenario for UMass Memorial, as well as the local community.”
Altus Power says it is committed to the community solar sector and is an official National Community Solar Partner of the Obama administration’s Community Solar Initiative, which was launched in July 2015. The company notes it also has a large community solar project in Belchertown, Mass., that is slated to be online soon.