California solar developer Sunpin has been awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement by Massachusetts’ SMART (Solar Massachusetts’ Renewable Target) programme.
Courtesy of Sunpin
Sunpin will develop a 5 MW solar power plant in Blandford, Massachusetts, as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to deploy 16 GW of new solar generating capacity. WMECO (Western Massachusetts Electric) has awarded the project a 20-year feed-in-tariff (FiT).
The project is one of the largest the SMART programme has selected to date. It is also the largest solar project in WMECO territory.
“We’re very pleased to have been awarded the Feed-In-Tariff incentive by Massachusetts’ SMART programme” said Sunpin President Tom Li. “Sunpin began developing Massachusetts solar projects six years ago. Our plan is to continue to focus our efforts on solar development in Massachusetts, as well as the rest of the U.S., over the next few years. Ultimately, by 2021, we aim to develop a portfolio of a gigawatt’s worth of solar projects in the U.S.; a significant portion of them will be located in Massachusetts.”
Sunpin has over 100 MW of solar installations under development in Massachusetts. The company will submit these projects in the next round of Massachusetts’ SMART incentives when they become available. Additionally, Sunpin is currently building a 96 MW solar project in Southern California, which is expected to be in commercial operation by May 2018.
Image: Sunpin’s 3.97 MW facility at Tolland, Massachusetts