SunEdison to build solar project for Winchendon, Mass.

SunEdison Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) announced April 22 that it has signed an agreement to develop and install a 2.6-MW solar plant for the town of Winchendon, Mass., on a 12 acre town-owned landfill site.

The site will be converted under Massachusetts’ Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC II) program, which provides preferred incentives for brown field projects.

“The State’s incentive program is a real driver for innovation when it comes to land use,” said Steve Raeder, Managing Director of Distributed Generation Eastern USA at SunEdison, “It creates the opportunity to give unusable land a new life by converting it into a site for solar energy – towns like Winchendon can convert what was once a potential liability into a revenue generating asset.”

“This is a great opportunity for Winchendon to take an underutilized piece of land and turn it into a clean, reliable source of energy,” said Town Manager Jim Kreidler, “We’re excited to be working with SunEdison to make this project a reality, and with SunEdison’s fixed-price power purchase agreement we will save the town around $400,000 in the first year alone!”

Winchendon will save up to $8 million in energy costs over the 20-year power purchase agreement and will also receive incremental lease revenue from SunEdison.

SunEdison anticipates adding this solar plant to the Call Right Projects List for TerraForm Power Inc. (Nasdaq: TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants, and expects to offer this project to TerraForm Power for investment upon completion. Operation and maintenance of the solar plant will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

SunEdison is one of the world’s largest renewable energy asset managers and provides asset management, operations and maintenance, monitoring and reporting services for its renewable energy customers around the world. Corporate headquarters are inthe United States, with additional offices around the world.

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