today announced that it has made an informational filing with the Massachusetts
Department of Public Utilities its plan to develop and own new solar generation
in the Commonwealth. The company is the
first in Massachusetts
to present its proposal under the state’s new legislation, the Green
Communities Act, which allows utilities to develop and own up to 50 megawatts
of solar generating facilities by 2010.
building, and owning solar installations across the state, initially at four
National Grid-owned locations in the Greater Boston area,
with customers throughout Massachusetts to identify locations where National
Grid would install, own and maintain solar generation on customer-owned
buildings or properties -- such as state and federal government-owned
buildings and public schools in the Commonwealth -- and promoting solar
education and science curricula in schools where solar systems are
education and advice to customers who want to participate in existing
solar initiatives as a supplement to National Grid’s energy efficiency
"We are pleased to take a leadership role in
promoting renewables, an important part of the Green
Communities Act. We believe that
developing solar generation can offer very real benefits to our customers and
complements our existing portfolio of energy efficiency programs across the
Northeast,” said Tom King, president of National Grid in the U.S.
“We are taking
tangible action now to implement our solar program that will deliver clean
electricity power resources. This is
another way in which we can help safeguard our environment for future
generations by helping to mitigate the effects of global climate change.”
As part of its plan, National Grid has proposed
installation of solar panels at four company-owned sites that have sufficient
space and can best assist in relieving electricity congestion points. These locations are in:
- Revere -- Wharf Street – National Grid
proposes a 1.5 MW solar installation;
- Dorchester – Victory Road -- The site of National
Grid’s natural gas tank visible from I-93 south of Boston.
National Grid proposes a 1 mw solar installation at this site;
- Everett -- Rover Street – National Grid
proposes a 1.5 MW solar installation; and
- Haverhill -- Hilldale Road
– the company proposes a 1 MW solar installation at this location.
engineering, licensing and permitting, and working closely with the host
communities, the company expects to break ground on the new installations
during the spring of 2009.
National Grid estimates that designing and building the four new solar sites
will cost approximately $38 million, which could be offset by the amount of
energy produced and available subsidies.
If approved, the company anticipates these solar installations could
cost its customers in Massachusetts
approximately 8 cents per month.
installations are just a start for us; in the coming months, we expect to
expand our program to include installations on customers’ properties including
municipal, state and federally owned buildings.
public schools also are included, as is providing education and advice on solar
generation for our customers,” King said.
“Through implementation of this plan, we will help diversify the
Commonwealth’s renewable energy portfolio and further develop utility-scale
solar generation that will be critical in advancing the development of the solar
industry in the state.”
has more than 20 years of experience in the solar industry, beginning with the
first large scale photovoltaic installation on 30 homes during the late 1980s in
Gardner, Mass. In recent years, the company has connected
approximately 4.7 MW of distributed solar generation on the New England
electricity system and it administered the installation of more than 1,700
solar photovoltaic systems in Long
Island, New York.
National Grid is
an international energy delivery company. In the U.S.,
National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
New York and Rhode Island,
and manages the electricity network on Long Island
under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural
gas in the northeastern U.S.,
serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, New York
and Rhode Island.
National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity
generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.