A pair of Massachusetts community solar programs and storage projects have recently been completed by Clearway Energy Group. Clearway announced that the Wilmarth and Partridgeville community solar projects have begun operations after being commissioned in May. Upon completion, the two projects will help in the state’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and store 1,000 megawatts of energy by 2026.
Both community solar projects will be part of Massachusetts’ SMART program, which provides support to consumers and helps reduce the strain on the primary distribution system. SMART also reduces solar intermittency and allows energy production to be rerouted to meet peak demands. Both Partridgeville and Wilmart were designed to adhere to these perks of the SMART program.
When the two Massachusetts community solar programs went online, they were slated to produce different megawatts. The Partridgeville project was designed for 3.3-megawatts of solar and can store 4-megawatts at IHI in Athol. Wilmarth, on the other hand, is a 5-megawatt solar project with storage of up to 4.6-megawatts provided by NEC ES in Plainville.
According to the CEO of Clearway, Craig Cornelius, energy storage plays an important role in the clean energy industry. The new storage projects will help improve Massachusetts’ ability to store energy, which will be drawn in by programs like the Partridgeville and Wilmarth projects. Cornelius also confirmed that Governor Baker and the Department of Energy Resources made the projects possible to complete and have had direct involvement in striving toward the state’s clean energy goals.
Clearway Energy Group works within the renewable energy industry, providing projects with development, financing, customer service, maintenance, and operations. Along with community solar projects, Clearway has also worked with wind projects across the United States. It is currently responsible for producing 4.3-gigawatts of energy, including 320-megawatts of community solar and 1.2-gigawatts of utility-scale solar.