Representing the first such installation in Massachusetts, the project couples a 1 MWAC rooftop solar installation with a 1 MW/2 MWh energy storage system to deliver an annual base load of 1.7 MWh in dispatchable clean energy to the town’s ratepayers. It was developed and is owned by Origis Energy.
Sterling residents, elected officials and solar and energy storage professionals joined the two companies at the celebration under a “Community First” theme. The dedication of permanent signage marking the installation location served as a focal point for the event.
Matt Stelmach, Chairman of the SMLD Board of Commissioners, said, “The Town of Sterling embodies the independent spirit of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Through the leadership of the Sterling Municipal Light Department, we now mark another milestone in our renewable energy leadership.”
The Sterling Community Solar + Energy Storage project utilized community solar program guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to design a subscription program for ratepayers that is in line with state policy.
“We are so pleased to offer residential customers this opportunity to participate in our new Community Solar Program,” said Sean Hamilton, Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department.
Construction on the facility began in January and was completed the end of March. Just over 4000 Tier 1 solar panels are now located on commercial property owned by RockBreakers LLC and managed by Vincent J. CampoBasso, a resident of Sterling. The battery system, Tier 1 lithium ion equipment, is located at ground level onsite.