On hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting for National Grid’s 1MW solar generation facility in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, was the state’s Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles, and the DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice. Located on the roof of their New England Distribution Center warehouse, the solar project is the first utility-owned solar generation facility in service under the 2008 Green Communities Act.
“Completion of this facility is yet another major milestone in helping to advance policy objectives across the commonwealth, develop a greener local economy and use more clean energy in our day-to-day lives. The project supports the solar industry both in materials and in construction jobs within the state,” said Ed White, vice president, energy products for National Grid. “…And we’re not stopping here: We have another four solar projects on the way in the coming months.”
The solar project, sitting on a two-acre parcel, has 4,684 solar panels, each rated at 210W with 114 cells on each solar panel totaling 533,862 solar cells on the entire array. The rooftop system can generate 883,430kWh of electricity per year–servicing around 200 homes.
The solar panels were manufactured by Evergreen Solar, with inverters coming from SMA America. National Grid’s subsequent solar projects will be developed in Dorchester, Everett, Haverhill and Revere, MA.