National Grid has more than 100 years of experience in the energy industry, including 20 years of solar power experience. In the late 1980’s, we installed and interconnected some of the first large-scale solar photovoltaic pilots. This included solar installations on over 30 homes and businesses in Gardner, MA and a 100 kW installation at Beverly High School in Beverly, MA. For the most recent information about interconnections in Massachusetts, visit our Distributed Generation page. In addition, we have administered installation of over 1,700 photovoltaic systems on Long Island, New York. View a technical report about the Gardner MA installation.
National Grid is committed to being a leading advocate of solar generation in the Northeast. We believe that climate change is a significant and pressing issue, and have taken measures to expand our renewable generation development by investing in solar power. Our 4.5 MW of solar developments is a major step in this initiative. We are doing our part to support Massachusetts in its goals to advance solar as a major energy source, and raise awareness about the benefits of solar power.
In an effort to do our part, National Grid recently constructed a Platinum-level LEED certified building for its new headquarters located in Waltham, MA. On the roof of this building there is a 225 kilo-watt photovoltaic system that will generate approximately 5% of our buildings energy needs.
Our effort does not stop there. National Grid submitted a filing on April 23, 2009 to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to construct, own and operate approximately five megawatts of solar generation on five separate properties owned by National Grid. They include sites in Dorchester, Everett, Haverhill, Revere, and the Sutton/Northbridge border. We obtained approval from the DPU in October of 2009. The first Solar Site on the Sutton/Northbridge border was completed on May 27, 2010. The Revere, Everett, and Haverhill sites were completed in December 2010. Construction on the final solar site, in Dorchester, was completed in December 2011.
Please see our on project pages to learn about each photovoltaic system.