Berkley, MA, and Sterling, MA , September 27, 2013 groSolar has announced the completion of a 3 MW AC solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Berkley, Massachusetts. This is the second municipal utility‑tied project which groSolar has built in Massachusetts this year. The first was a 2 MW AC system in Sterling, completed in early January 2013.
Both projects are co-owned by Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, and INDU Solar Holdings a joint venture between subsidiaries of Duke Energy and of Integrys Energy Services. The projects were developed by Community Energy Solar, LLC.
With record high temperatures this summer in the Northeast U.S., many regional electricity markets were near or at all-time records for peak consumption. By adding solar to their power generation portfolios, Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) and Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) are now able to purchase power at competitive rates and support solar energy production during peak demand. TMLP General Manager Mike Horrigan stated, "This is the third solar installation of this size in our territory that TMLP has committed to purchase power from. We wholeheartedly continue to support projects involving this valuable, sustainable resource with our customers' best interests in mind."
The Berkley East Solar Power Project and Sterling Solar systems are expected to generate enough energy to power approximately 600 homes and 400 homes per year, respectively. The systems not only provide energy that will be fed into the municipal grids for community use, but also help support the Commonwealth's environmental goals. Massachusetts is a national leader in encouraging smarter choices about energy.
groSolar is an industry-leading large commercial- and utility-scale solar engineering, procurement, and construction firm serving the 1 to 30 MW market, and is dedicated to high quality, on time, and on budget project performance. With megawatt+ projects and over 2,000 installations nationwide, groSolar's experience spans a broad spectrum of applications. These include design and build applications atop brownfields/landfills, commercial, educational, municipal facilities, and manufacturing plants. groSolar provides a one stop source for all your solar project needs including on-going operations and maintenance. Additionally, groSolar's distribution channel offers product procurement and logistics services to approximately 1,500 solar installers and contractors across the nation whose focus is on residential and small- to mid-scale commercial solar applications.
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