Duke, partners finish 3-MW solar project in Massachusetts

Affiliates of three publicly-traded energy companies said Sept. 4 that they have completed a 3-MW (AC) solar power project in Berkley, Mass.

The Berkley East Solar Power Project is co-owned by Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) and INDU Solar Holdings – a joint venture between subsidiaries of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE:TEG).

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) is purchasing the power generated from the project under a 25-year agreement, the parties said in a statement. “Our customers will benefit from the project by purchasing power at competitive rates and by the savings in transmission, line losses and generation costs with the reduction in TMLP load at or near peak times,” said TMLP General Manager Michael Horrigan.

Horrigan also said the project will avoid about 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

TMLP provides service to more than 36,000 electric and internet customers in Taunton, Raynham, Berkley, N. Dighton and sections of Lakeville. The ground-mounted installation was developed by Community Energy Solar and constructed by groSolar using 15,624 Canadian Solar modules, enough energy to power about 600 homes annually.

Duke Energy Renewables, which is part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, has a portfolio that includes 15 wind projects and 15 solar facilities in operation in 10 states, totaling more than 1,700 MW in electric-generating capacity.

Duke Energy Renewables recently announced the purchase of a 4-MW solar project in San Francisco.



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