S&C to build 4.1 MW Massachusetts solar power project

S&C Electric Co. won a contract for a $9.7 million project with Green States Energy for construction of a 4.1 MW solar photovoltaic farm in Sandwich, Massachusetts. This project will help Massachusetts reach its larger goal of developing 400 MW of solar photovoltaic power in the commonwealth.

In 2003, Massachusetts was one of the first states to adopt a renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS), which requires distribution utilities and competitive suppliers to obtain a percentage of their electricity from qualifying units. In 2010, the state issued new regulations that carved out a portion of the RPS to support the growth of in-state solar photovoltaic energy.

GSE's Sandwich solar project qualifies to receive the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SRECs) units issued through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Utilities can purchase these SRECs to meet the state's RPS goal. GSE's goal is to start selling the SRECs by January 1, 2014, which required them to select a partner that could meet an aggressive three-month deadline for building the solar farm.

The project team will be led by S&C, which will provide engineering, procurement and project management services for both the AC and DC portions of the project. Charlotte, N.C.,-based Green Earth Developers LLC is providing physical construction services including installation of the racking systems, solar panels and construction management of the DC systems and AC interconnection.

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