Spencer Solar Project

Utility Massachusetts Electric

System Owner Sunpin Solar 

Incentive Program MA SMART Program

Energy Generation for a Sustainable Massachusetts

The Spencer Solar is a 3.4 MW utility-scale solar PV generation facility located in Spencer, Massachusetts. The generation facility interconnects to Massachusetts Electric Company, providing enough electricity to power more than 1,500 homes. In developing the Spencer project, Sunpin Solar worked with community leaders to receive approval from both zoning and environmental boards, leading the way towards sustainability with a project that local residents could get behind.

The Economic and Community Benefits of the MA SMART Solar Project

The Spencer project has received a SMART Program 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The SMART Program is a long-term sustainable solar incentive program sponsored by Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. SMART will encourage the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology by supporting 1,600 MW of new solar generating capacity. The economic benefits of this project include:

  • PPA for 20 years provides long-term revenue certainty
  • The 1.6 GW of solar from the program is expected to allow solar to meet 10% of Massachusetts’ electric demand, and it is estimated that ratepayers will end up saving $4.7 billion due to this program
  • Participation in a program that incentivizes clean energy storage as well as generation

Clean Energy and a Clean Environment

The Spencer solar project’s 3,400 kW capacity not only reduces energy costs for the Massachusetts Electric company and its customers, but it also helps both the utility and the Commonwealth meet their sustainability goals. The 4,335 MWh of solar power generated by the project is the equivalent of:

  • The CO2 emissions of 3,529,738 pounds of burned coal
  • The greenhouse gas emission of a passenger vehicle driven 7,907,306 miles
  • The carbon sequestered by 3,800 acres of US forests in one year

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