Ameresco, Massachusetts town dedicate new solar arrays

Town of Wayland, Mass., officials and Ameresco Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) hosted an event on Dec. 2 to dedicate the town’s four recently-completed solar facilities.

Wayland’s solar arrays are comprised of a total of 4,214 photovoltaic panels totaling 1,289 kW, and designed to generate over 1.5 million kWh of renewable electricity each year. There are three solar canopies at the High School, Middle School and Town Building, in addition to a roof top system at the Department of Public Works building.

“With the passage of the Green Communities Act of 2008, the Commonwealth established an opportunity for municipalities to blaze a new path in the clean energy field. Wayland was one of our earliest designations as a Green Community and I am pleased to see the town utilize the powerful opportunity provided by an energy management services program,” said Dan Knapik, Director of the Green Communities Division at the state Department of Energy Resources, in a Dec. 5 statement. “With their partner, Ameresco, the Town will not only be generating clean renewable solar energy from an innovative project, they will also experience a significant guaranteed financial savings.”

“Municipalities across Massachusetts have been reaping the financial and environmental benefits that come with incorporating renewable energy into their fuel mix,” said Ani Krishnan, Interim Manager of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). ”We are pleased to have provided Wayland with the mechanism to partner with Ameresco through our regional procurement program and build these exceptional projects.”

“We are delighted to have worked with the Town of Wayland and its dedicated volunteers on the Energy Committee to realize their vision for creating a sustainable community,” said Jim Walker, Vice President, Solar, Ameresco. “Our solar photovoltaic projects on schools, municipal buildings and parking lot canopies are a source of pride within the community.”

Wayland is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, with a population of nearly 13,500 residents.

Founded in 2000, Ameresco is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, Mass., Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Also, Ameresco on Dec. 5 separately announced that it has moved forward with construction of the Town of Sturbridge’s long-awaited 2.4-MW solar facility. The solar array will be located on property behind the Center at Hobbs Brook that is otherwise considered unusable land due to its location.

The multi-million-dollar solar project will provide renewable energy in support of the Massachusetts town’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, and will help to significantly reduce energy costs. The 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) is expected to provide millions of dollars in electricity cost savings over the duration of the contract. Under the PPA, fifty percent of annual electricity generated from the facility will be used by the town in the form of metering credits, and the other half by the Community Solar Program which will deliver the green power to residents in the region.  The project is expected to be completed and operational in early 2017.

“It’s a pleasure for Ameresco to partner with the Town of Sturbridge and the greater community to build and manage this new renewable energy project,” said Michael T. Bakas, Senior Vice President, Ameresco. “We commend Town leadership for being fiscally prudent in selecting a project that will generate long-term savings and admire the community’s commitment to sustainability.”

Sturbridge is in the center of the state, where Routes I-90 and I-84 meet, with a population of more than 9,268 and nearly 3,600 households.

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