SunEdison, Inc. today announced that it will begin construction on the company's first community solar project in Massachusetts, a 2.7MW DC solar farm in the town of Foxborough.
"SunEdison's community solar project is an exciting opportunity for homeowners, businesses and municipalities to save money while contributing to a cleaner environment in Foxborough," said Steve Raeder, general manager of SunEdison's east coast commercial and industrial solar business. "Massachusetts has some of the most expensive electricity rates in the country, but with community solar, we're able to reduce participants' electricity costs without an up-front cash commitment and without the need to install a solar system on their property."
The town of Foxborough, Massachusetts is hosting the solar farm and has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison to subscribe to half of the solar farm's output. Foxborough expects to use the clean electricity to supply its municipal operations, including its schools.
"Community solar is a game changer," said William Keegan, Foxborough's town manager. "By going solar we're saving taxpayers money and bringing economic activity and cleaner air to the community. We are pleased to be able to partner with SunEdison as they enter the Massachusetts community solar market."
The solar power plant is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 320 homes. This system avoids the emission of more than five million pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking close to 500 cars off the road per year. Operation and maintenance of the solar farm will be performed by SunEdison Services.