First Wind’s 14-MW Warren Solar project, located in Worcester County, Massachusetts, has entered commercial operations.
“With this project, First Wind is contributing to our sustainable future and helping to reach Governor Patrick’s goal of 1,600-MW installed by 2020,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Maeve Vallely Bartlett.
Construction began in the fall of 2013 after a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) was finalized with the University of Massachusetts (UMass). Under terms of the agreement, UMass Lowell campus and UMass Medical School in Worcester will benefit financially from the project. In addition, UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School are expected to avoid an estimated $410,000 and $670,000 in utility costs annually, over the course of the 30-year agreement.
“Since we have limited locations where onsite solar would work, we are restricted in our ability to do a large on-site solar installation,” said John Baker, UMass Medical School’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities. “UMass Medical School portion of the First Wind project will generate enough energy to power roughly 932 homes in New England annually and produce an estimated $400,000 in savings each year for the UMass Medical School. We plan to leverage that money and use it to do more energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.”
Previously, First Wind completed its first solar facility in Massachusetts, the Millbury solar project.
Borrego Solar Systems Inc. led construction for both solar sites.
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