Borrego Solar Systems to Build 12.8 MW of Distributed National Grid Solar Projects in Massachusetts
First Project Began Construction in March Using Advanced Inverter Technology to Regulate Voltage and Improve Grid Reliability
Borrego Solar Systems Inc., a leading designer, developer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, today announced that it will build 12.8 megawatts (MW) across 13 sites of wholesale distributed generation (WDG) National Grid solar projects in Massachusetts. These projects are part of National Grid’s plan to bring additional utility-owned solar generation to the state.
When fully operational, this portfolio is expected to generate enough clean solar energy to serve the electrical needs of about 2,073 homes per year, displacing roughly 10,592 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually—the equivalent of taking 2,230 cars off the road, or the same amount of carbon that would be sequestered by 8,682 acres of U.S. forests in a year.
“We’re excited to be working with Borrego Solar to bring new clean energy generation to our state,” said Edward White, vice president of Customer Strategy and Environmental, National Grid. “We are committed to making advances in solar connectivity and to increase the amount of renewable energy we provide. This initiative will have a broad impact on the way our communities think about, and use, solar power for years to come.”
National Grid’s approach to planning and operating energy infrastructure in the Northeast, which the company calls Connect21, aligns with the Commonwealth’s goal to install 1,600 MW of solar generation in Massachusetts by 2020. In addition to its own installations, the company has connected more than 300 MW of third party-owned solar generation in the state.
In March, Borrego Solar began construction of the second facility in the portfolio—a 650 kilowatt (kW) system located in Charlton, Mass. The Charlton installation will integrate inverter technology that better regulates voltage, which will improve reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid for National Grid customers. Once operational the system will generate enough electricity to power 160 homes each year.
“Mid-scale utility projects provide states with an efficient approach for meeting aggressive renewable energy goals at an impressive pace,” said Jared Connell, director of project development in New England at Borrego Solar. “It’s encouraging to see the success of National Grid’s WDG program and that it continues to prioritize bringing solar energy onto the grid. By integrating advanced inverter technology into these projects, National Grid is taking it one step further and utilizing solar to improve the grid and ensure increased reliability for its customers.”