Massachusetts Utility to Build Five Solar Power Sites

November 06, 2009

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved a plan by National Grid to build solar arrays on five company-owned sites. The $31 million project will generate an estimated five megawatts of solar-powered electricity, enough to power 1,000 households for a year, according to the utility. Under terms of the state's 2008 Green Communities Act, electric utilities are allowed to construct, own, and operate up to 50 megawatts of solar generation that they can place on their customers’ roofs.

Four of the five sites in the company’s plan are former brownfield locations, including: Victory Road in Dorchester; Rover Street in Everett; Hilldale Avenue in Haverhill; Railroad Street in Revere; and Sutton/Northbridge line at National Grid’s Distribution Center. National Grid which has more than 6 million customers in the northeastern United States. See the National Grid press release.