Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 12th October
Agilitas Energy is acquiring another ground-mount solar PV and energy storage project under the SMART program. This marks Agilitas Energy’s 7th large-scale hybrid solar and battery storage project in Massachusetts, putting it at the top of the list of distributed generation solar + storage system developers participating in the commonwealth’s SMART program, Massachusetts’s long-term, sustainable solar incentive program to promote cost-effective solar development, in the Town of Williamsburg, MA.
The current system design includes a 6 MW-dc solar array coupled with a 2.8 MW/ 6 MWh battery energy storage system. “We are excited to bring renewable energy and energy storage to yet another town in Massachusetts. By coupling the energy storage system with the solar array, we are now able to utilize the energy production to its fullest, and level-set the intermittent nature of solar energy to ensure more persistent, cost-effective, and cleaner power supply for the local community”, said Barrett Bilotta, President of Agilitas Energy.
The project is located on 19.5 acres of land leased from a local landowner. “We are happy to work with Agilitas Energy on the project and bring actual benefits to our community from the otherwise unused land. As business owners, we also look forward to the power expense savings from the community solar program”, said Larry Lashway, President of Lashway Lumber, Inc. and owner of the property on which the solar facility will be built.
Like all of Agilitas Energy’s SMART projects, the Williamsburg project also qualifies for community solar, allowing local businesses to receive clean energy and cost-saving benefits without having to install solar systems on their own roofs.
Nate Owen, CEO of Ampion, a Public Benefits Corporation whose mission is to make it easy for everyone to access clean, renewable energy, said “Community Solar is a vital cost-saving and easily accessible sustainability option for all businesses across the Commonwealth, from small cafes and corner markets to large corporations, non-profits and everyone in between. We are excited to work with Agilitas Energy to bring the benefits of Community Solar to Massachusetts organizations”
Opening soon, the Williamsburg project community solar program could bring energy savings to over 130 local businesses, depending on the electricity consumption of each business. Agilitas Energy’s previous two under-construction SMART projects have both passed the 80% benchmark in community solar subscription.
Four of Agilitas Energy’s SMART projects totaling 29 MW of solar, and 53 MWh of energy storage are currently under construction. The projects are located in the towns of Auburn, Rochester, Warren, and West Brookfield. Agilitas Energy is dedicated to leveraging energy storage to stabilize power supply, provide extra revenue streams for municipalities and landowners, and reduce energy consumption costs for local businesses.
Integrated solar and energy storage projects are also under development in New York, Rhode Island, and Maine, with a pipeline of more than 300 MW.Tags: Agilitas Energy, Massachusetts, Willamsburg