WASHINGTON, December 9, 2021
State-wide community solar projects will provide access to renewable energy for all
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Arcadia, the tech company that empowers energy innovators and consumers alike to tackle the climate crisis, has partnered with ENGIE North America, a leader in the development and management of renewable energy projects, to achieve one of the largest community-driven renewable energy deployments in Massachusetts.
Up to two-thirds of American households are not suitable candidates for rooftop solar power. Community solar solves this problem by connecting communities to nearby solar projects (also known as solar gardens), ensuring savings on monthly subscribers’ energy bills, and adding clean energy to the local grid. Arcadia and ENGIE North America are deploying a portfolio of new solar gardens under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program to provide access to Commonwealth communities.
Two of the gardens are now online and the others are expected to be commissioned by early 2022. When completed, the seven solar gardens will generate around 40 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy for households, businesses and communities. communities across the Commonwealth, from Cape Cod in the Berkshires. The projects will produce enough energy to power more than 5,600 homes per year.
âCommunity solar power provides access to clean energy for businesses, communities and low-income households that cannot install solar power on rooftops and have traditionally been excluded from the clean energy transition,â said Joel gamoran, vice-president and general manager of energy services at Arcadia. âAccess to clean energy shouldn’t be a matter of circumstance or privilege – every owner, tenant and business owner should be able to enjoy the benefits of clean energy. We are delighted to partner with ENGIE North America to accelerate the growth of community solar across the Commonwealth. “
âWe are proud to be part of the Massachusetts community and to provide clean, renewable energy to local businesses and homes, âsaid Jacques Boonen, responsible for distributed renewable energies for ENGIE North America. “These seven projects are our first community solar gardens on the East Coast, and we look forward to continuing our work to make renewable energy more accessible to all.”
Arcadia is the largest manager of residential community solar subscriptions in the United States. The company launched a model with no credit checks, no long-term commitments, consumer-friendly, and open to anyone, regardless of economic status. When residents enroll in Arcadia’s community solar program, they will join a local solar garden. When the solar garden produces electricity, subscribers will receive credits on their electricity bills, resulting in net savings of 5-10%, and solar energy will be fed into the local power supply.
For more information on the Massachusetts SMART program, please visit www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart. More information on Arcadia’s community solar offering for homes or businesses is available at www.arcadia.com/for-homes Where www.arcadia.com/for-businesses.
Arcadia is a tech company to fight the climate crisis founded in 2014 and born from a simple idea: everyone deserves to have access to clean energy. But two-thirds of Americans can’t take advantage of solar power on rooftops. At Arcadia, we are developing technology to connect consumers and businesses to local solar farms to deliver all the benefits of solar power without any hassle. Arcadia’s community solar program manages more than five terawatt hours of residential and commercial energy demand and is the largest manager of community solar assets in the country. Join us on our mission and find out how you or your business can help realize the vision of a 100% clean energy future. arcadia.com.
About ENGIE North America
ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capacities in United States and Canada to help customers decarbonize, decentralize and digitize their operations. These include comprehensive services to help customers manage their facilities more efficiently and optimize the use and expenditure of energy and other resources; clean electricity production; Energy storage; and retail energy supply which includes renewable financing, demand response and bill-based options. Almost 100% of the company’s electricity production portfolio is low-carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE SA is a world benchmark in low-carbon energy and services which relies on its key businesses (gas, renewable energies, services) to offer competitive solutions to its customers. With 170,000 employees, customers, partners and stakeholders, the group is committed to accelerating the transition to a carbon neutral world, thanks to reduced energy consumption and more environmentally friendly solutions.
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