Community Solar has arrived in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has selected RGS Energy as the general contractor for the solar facilities. RSG Energy will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for two large solar arrays of nearly 1 megawatt (MW) each owned and operated by CEC.
One community solar garden will be located in Hadley, Massachusetts and will serve customers of Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo). The second community garden will be deployed in Rehoboth, Massachusetts to serve National Grid customers. Construction has already begun on the two sites, with interconnection planned for the end of June.
“As the first community-owned solar model in Massachusetts, these projects represent a new enabler for increased solar adoption, where owners of individual solar panels can reduce their home or business electric utility bill with solar power, while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint in a meaningful way,” said Kam Mofid, CEO of RGS Energy.
Both facilities will employ 300-watt panels, inverters by Advanced Energy, racking from RBI Solar, and monitoring systems provided by Ambient Weather.
CEC President Paul Spencer stressed the value RGS Energy brings to the solar projects. “RGS Energy is the ideal partner for us in implementing these facilities. With their outstanding systems engineering and deployment capabilities and their national footprint, they can ensure our individual project specifications are delivered on time and to the highest standards.”