Ameresco Inc. and BlueWave Solar recently joined state and local officials to celebrate two new community solar projects totaling 16.2 MW in southeastern Massachusetts.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Sen. Marc Pacheco, New Bedford Housing Authority Executive Director Steve Beauregard and representatives from the Town of Wareham participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a 10.2 MW solar farm in Wareham. This project is spread across four sites in Wareham, and the other project, totaling 6.0 MW, is located in the town of Mattapoisett. Both projects will help provide revenue to support five public housing authorities in Massachusetts.
“Ameresco is once again proud to have partnered with BlueWave Solar to deliver these solar farms, which are an environmental and economic win-win for our local public housing authorities, their residents and the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” says Michael T. Bakas, executive vice president of Ameresco. “These projects deliver much-needed revenue to the housing authorities in support of their core mission of providing housing to their citizens while allowing them to play a key role in the development of solar PV in the commonwealth.”
The two solar farms are owned by Ameresco and were co-developed by BlueWave. Under 20-year agreements, annual payments will be made to the public housing authorities of Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Kingston and Plymouth. As a result of the solar projects, the housing authorities will receive these benefits over the next 20 years in support of providing housing to their citizens.
At the Mattapoisett project, an Eversource right of way runs adjacent to the project site and serves as the point of interconnection. In Wareham, the Eversource right of way bisects the four arrays. More than 47,000 solar photovoltaic modules were used in the projects.