FRAMINGHAM – Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today, September 16, announced that the first project under Connecticut’s “Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program” has been energized. In conjunction with Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the 2MW community solar project is located on the grounds of the Bloomfield Board of Education.
This initial community solar offering allows the option for residents, governments and businesses to choose community solar energy for the first time.
Construction on the array began in early February and was completed by Ameresco in August. The state’s inaugural project will generate clean, renewable energy and provide savings to residents, the school district and low- to moderate-income subscribers. The project will allow for a 60 percent off-take in energy demand for the school district, with the remaining capacity available for the residential community.
“This project will bring many benefits to the Bloomfield, CT community, and participants in the array will benefit from Ameresco’s asset ownership experience, as well as CEC’s ability to deliver customer service throughout the length of the program,” said Paul Spencer, Chief Executive Office of Clean Energy Collective. “Launching the first project in Connecticut also enforces our continued commitment to project development across the U.S. and particularly in the northeast,” he added.
Ameresco, the owner of the project will oversee the operations and maintenance of the site, while CEC will provide customer care services.
“Cities and towns across New England are welcoming solar projects in increasing numbers because of the major positive impact they can have in a community,” said Michael T. Bakas, Executive Vice President of Ameresco. “By tapping into its new source of renewable energy, the Bloomfield Board of Education, along with households and businesses in the surrounding area, will benefit from reduced energy costs and an overall lower carbon footprint.
Clean Energy Co (CEC) is a developer of community solar solutions.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants.
Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with Federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.