"Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) is excited to have its first commercial utility-scale roof-top solar installation in the City," said Brian C. Beauregard, Superintendent of HG&E's Electric Division. "We have been pushing for roof-top installations as Holyoke has an abundance of commercial and industrial building roof space that could be utilized for solar.”
Launched on October 8, 2015, this project was developed through a unique agreement between HG&E, Health Planet Partners, LLC (HPP), and the private building owner. HPP commissioned C-TEC Solar for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the 996 kilowatt system. The project is owned and operated by HPP and the electricity generated will be procured by HG&E through a Purchase Power Agreement.
The 3,762 solar panels will produce 1,196 MWh annually; this project will not only benefit the building owner, but also the City of Holyoke. The energy produced is enough to provide power for approximately 200 homes.
James Lavelle, HG&E's Manager commented, "Through its Power Purchase Agreement with Healthy Planet Partners, this project will add additional renewable energy to HG&E's portfolio and will help HG&E continue to maintain some of the lowest electric rates in the region and one of the smallest carbon footprints for an electric distribution company in the region.”
This project is HG&E's fourth utility-scale solar facility, approximately 6.3 MW of total capacity. HG&E's goal is to expand carbon-free content while maintaining some of the lowest electric rates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This successful balance is reflected in the fact that HG&E's Carbon Footprint is less than one tenth of that of an average utility in New England. For more information, please visit HG&E's Solar Initiatives.