Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Three Solar Power Plants Planned for Massachusetts

The largest electric utility in Massachusetts is unveiling three new solar power installations capable of generating enough electricity to run 470 homes.

National Grid PLC and senior state officials ceremonially flipped the switch Tuesday on the plants in Revere, Everett and Haverhill.

The plants cost a total of just over $15 million. They are a product of the Green Communities Act that encourages the growth of solar energy. Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled the initiative last year, allowing utilities to own and operate solar power installations up to 50 megawatts.

The Everett plant came online earlier this month. The remaining two are expected to become operational before the end of the year.

In May, the utility launched a $6.5 million solar plant in Whitinsville capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 200 homes.


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