Solectria Renewables’ SMARTGRID Inverters to Power Projects Totaling 22MW in Massachusetts
Lawrence, MA – June 26, 2014 – Solectria Renewables, LLC, a leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced at the PV America show today in Boston, MA, that IESI (Innovative Engineering Solutions, Inc.) has chosen Solectria Renewables SMARTGRID Inverters for seven projects in Massachusetts totaling 22MW. These projects are a combination of the Concord Landfill, the Grafton Water District (a water utility in Grafton which required MassDEP permission to construct), and six commercial sites (in Chicopee; Skyline Trail in Chester; Mount St. Mary’s Abbey (2 separate projects) in Franklin; Stetson Road in Barre; and Britton Road in Barre). All of these projects were developed by Kearsarge Energy L.P. of Watertown, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts has set ambitious solar energy targets since 2001 and met each of the goals years in advance. In April 2007, Governor Deval Patrick announced a goal of 250 MW of installed solar power by 2017. This goal was achieved in Q1 of 2013, when Governor Patrick set a new goal to reach 1.6GW by 2020.
“Solectria Renewables is a nationally recognized producer of quality inverters,” said Richard McCarthy, Director of Energy Services at IESI. “Not only are its products highly reliable, but the company also continues to evolve its inverters’ efficiency and capacity to meet their customers’ needs.”
Andrew Bernstein, Managing Partner at Kearsarge Energy said, “The projects are a testimony to the success of the public-private partnership where the host community, the landowner, public offtaker, and the private financiers and suppliers can all benefit together. Solectria’s technology helps us extend these benefits to all.”
The clean energy produced over the systems’ cumulative expected lifespan is equivalent to removing 4,065 cars from the roads, 2.2 million gallons of gas, and 20.7 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.
“We are honored to be a part of Kearsarge’s solar portfolio,” said Phil Vyhanek, President of Solectria Renewables. “The SMARTGRID inverters selected for these solar projects will help Kearsarge, IESI and its customers achieve maximum power production and system reliability.”