WMECO Announces Solar Energy Plan for Western Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) announced that it filed today with the Department of Public Utilities a plan to implement an integrated, large-scale solar energy program in its service area that can begin to generate power from photovoltaic (PV) facilities as early as 2010.

Under the Green Communities Act, ground-breaking legislation passed in 2008, electric distribution companies like WMECO are authorized to play a critical role in meeting the state's solar energy goal of developing 250 megawatts (MW) of installed solar by 2017. Under the Green Communities Act, WMECO is allowed to own up to 50 MW of solar facilities.

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