Arcadia has teamed up with ENGIE North America to deliver one of the largest rollouts of community-focused renewables in Massachusetts. The two companies are rolling out a portfolio of new solar projects as part of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program to provide access to Commonwealth communities.
Two of the projects are online now and the remainder are scheduled to be commissioned by early 2022. Once complete, the seven solar arrays will generate approximately 40 MW of renewable power for households, businesses and communities across the Commonwealth, from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The projects will produce enough energy to power more than 5,600 households annually.
“Community solar provides access to clean energy to businesses, communities, and lower-income households that cannot install rooftop solar and have been traditionally left out of the clean energy transition,” said Joel Gamoran, VP and general manager of energy services at Arcadia. “Access to clean energy shouldn’t be a matter of circumstance or privilege — every homeowner, renter and business owner should be able to enjoy the benefits of clean energy. We’re excited to partner with ENGIE North America to accelerate the growth of community solar across the Commonwealth.”
Arcadia has pioneered a no-credit-check, no long-term-commitment community solar subscription model that opens access to everyone — regardless of economic status. When residents sign up for Arcadia’s community solar program, they will join a local solar garden. When the solar garden generates electricity, subscribers will receive credits on their power bills, leading to net savings of 5-10%, and solar energy will flow into the local power supply.
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