Nearly 6-MW Massachusetts solar project kicks into operation

EDF Renewable Energy announced July 2 that the 5.86 MWp Lancaster Solar Project in Massachusetts has reached commercial operation.

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and Urban Green Technologies LLC, a utility-scale solar developer, signed the Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (MIPSA) in October 2013 and started the construction phase in December 2013.

The ground-mount fixed tilt solar photovoltaic project, located on about 30 acres of privately owned land at the former Shirley Airport, 50 miles northwest of Boston, Mass., is comprised of 19,000 Canadian Solar modules. The electricity is supplied to the Town of Billerica, Mass., under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement under the state’s Virtual Net Metering Credits Program.

EDF Renewable Services will provide long-term operations and maintenance for the facility, balance of plant, project oversight, and 24/7 remote monitoring from its NERC-compliant Operations Control Center.

EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer that specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. EDF Renewable Energy’s portfolio consists of 4 GW of developed projects with 1.9 GW of installed capacity.

Urban Green Technologies is a utility-scale solar developer based in Chicago, Ill. UGT was started in 2010 and has closed three projects totaling 15.5 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts. Each of these projects will be operational in the summer of 2014. UGT has a nationwide pipeline of projects in different stages of development, with another 20 MW to 30 MW of solar projects in Massachusetts expected to come on line in 2015.

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