National Grid Planning 16 Megawatts of Massachusetts Solar Power

(Bloomberg) — National Grid Plc, which provides
electricity to 3.3 million customers in the U.S. Northeast, is
planning to build and operate 16 megawatts of solar generation
in Massachusetts.

This is the second phase of the company’s Connect21 program
that already has 5 megawatts of solar capacity in operation,
according to a statement on its website. The 16 megawatts will
be spread among 19 locations and construction is expected to be
completed by June.

“Solar generation is an increasingly important piece of
the energy picture for Massachusetts and the entire country,”
Edward White, vice president of customer strategy and
environmental for London-based National Grid, said in the
statement Dec. 15.

Utilities are allowed to build and operate as much as 50
megawatts of solar generation under the Green Communities Act in
Massachusetts, where Governor Deval Patrick is seeking 1.6
gigawatts of new installations by 2020.

National Grid also provides natural gas to 3.4 million
customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

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