Community solar project launched in New England

A major ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, USA, has announced the construction of a 2.3 MW community solar facility located on 12 acres (4.8 ha) of resort property.

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, located in Hancock, Massachusetts, will be the site for the project, under development by Nexamp.

The new solar power facility, together with an existing 1.5 MW wind turbine and 75 kWh cogeneration unit, will allow the resort to offset an estimated 90% of its total energy needs from renewables.

The Jiminy Peak project is the largest community solar project of its kind in the Northeast, enabling residents, non-profits and small businesses near the resort to directly benefit from the project through Nexamp's ‘Solarize My Bill’ community solar program. Participants will receive 15% savings on their electricity generated by the project with no cost to enrol.

Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp, commented: 'Leveraging commercial-scale solar facilities to benefit communities is how we're going to build a stronger, smarter, and more efficient energy economy in Massachusetts and beyond.'

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