NRG Energy announced the commissioning of its latest community solar facility in Massachusetts, offering affordable electricity to more than 1,500 residential and commercial subscribers in the Commonwealth.
Located in the town of Spencer, the facility has a rated capacity of 14.7 MW (AC) comprised of more than 61,000 solar photovoltaic panels. It is NRG’s third operating community solar farm in Massachusetts.
“This is NRG’s largest community solar project in the United States,” said Drew Warshaw, vice president of Community Solar, NRG. “It represents an opportunity for a diverse mix of residential and commercial customers to support clean energy and receive long-term savings on their electricity bill all without putting solar panels on their roof.”
Subscribers to the Spencer facility entered into a 20-year agreement with NRG Community Solar and, in exchange for a fixed monthly payment, earn credits toward their electricity bill based on their allocation of renewable energy net metering credits generated by the project.
The project has created 150 jobs during its nearly year-long construction.
Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary added, “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with our municipal partners across Massachusetts to expand community solar projects, saving ratepayers and taxpayers thousands of dollars annually that can be reinvested into the community.”
State Senator Anne Gobi added, “This project is an example of meeting the renewable energy goals that the Commonwealth has adopted. In addition, it helps the Trappists and their mission to be self-sustaining.”