Massachusetts has welcomed 10 MW of new solar PV power to its grid after local renewable energy developer NuGen Capital announced it has completed four solar farms in the state.
The solar parks are located in the Massachusetts towns of Lunenburg, Whatley and Hadley, and are eligible for the state’s net metering credits program, which will be made available to manufacturers, municipalities and universities in the area via their utility provider.
NuGen was partnered on the projects by BYD Company, a global manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and provider of affordable solar power. BYD began supplying the four sites with solar panels in January this year, with deliveries completed before the end of the second quarter. For BYD, with a global supply portfolio of more than 2 GW of solar panels, these were the first deliveries into the state of Masschusetts.
"BYD are 60% U.S.-owned and have China-based manufacturing we have found their solar panels to be highly reliable and very cost competitive," said NuGen Capital CEO David Milner. "As NuGen expands in the U.S. and abroad, we look forward to working with BYD on future projects."
The solar energy industry in Massachusetts is thriving, with nearly 300 local companies supplying 8,400 jobs across the state. Solar power is particularly attractive to Massachusetts schools, of which 181 have solar systems installed ranking the state’s schools 4th nationwide in terms of installed capacity, with more than 25 MW of cumulative PV.
More widely, the entire state supported more than $780 million in solar investment last year, and is on course to top that figure in 2014.