STAG Industrial announced the groundbreaking of its first onsite solar installation in Illinois and its fifth solar installation in Massachusetts. The projects are part of community solar programs and will provide low-cost renewable energy to local homes and businesses.
“We have a large presence in Illinois, and the passing of the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2017 gave us an opportunity to incorporate solar into another asset’s roof. We are honored to be one of the first rooftop community solar projects in Illinois, and to be a part of Illinois’ transition to a clean energy economy, enabling job creation and new clean energy resources,” said Brian LaMont, senior VP of construction at STAG.
Facilitated by Black Bear Energy in partnership with STAG, and developed by Green Street Power Partners (GSPP), these systems have an aggregate capacity of 3.5 MW and will generate over 4.4 million kWh of electricity annually — the equivalent of powering nearly 361 homes with solar. With the addition of these sites, STAG now hosts over 13.5 MW of solar nationally.
“The Illinois Community solar market and the Massachusetts SMART Program provide fantastic opportunities to install solar on industrial rooftops. Community solar programs allow projects to be built on large roofs in areas with high demand for electricity and are a great solution for utility customers who may prefer solar electricity but are unable to host it on their own homes and buildings. It is a win for commercial real estate owners, the local utility and its customers,” said Drew Torbin, Black Bear Energy’s CEO.
Construction on the assets commenced in July and the systems are expected to come online as early as Q4 2020.
“Illinois’ goal of 4,300 MW by 2030 has led to a rapid expansion of its solar presence across the state. Our team at GSPP is excited to contribute to this solar energy growth with our first project in the state of Illinois, made possible through our partnership with STAG Industrial and Black Bear Energy. We look forward to increasing renewable energy access across the state with this rooftop community solar project, and hopefully more to come” said Scott Kerner, GSPP’s CEO.
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