SolarCity announces seven new solar energy sites in Connecticut and Massachusetts

Published on May 17, 2016 by Alyssa Michaud

SolarCity announced a collaborative project on Thursday with Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) and Brightfields Development LLC that will create seven new solar energy sites and install 57,000 solar panels in the Northeast.

The project will develop 13 megawatts of power systems and a cutting-edge energy storage system capable of retaining and dispatching 1.5 megawatts of stored solar energy on demand, providing cleaner and more stable power in southern Connecticut and Massachusetts.

“CMEEC’s focus is on energizing customers and community prosperity, so we are excited to help create clean, reliable and locally based power resources,” CMEEC CEO Drew Rankin said. “With these solar and storage projects, we are pleased to join SolarCity at the forefront of energy innovation.”

SolarCity’s storage system will be the first of its kind for the company, able to quickly supply accumulated energy during load spikes throughout its network of 70,000 homes and businesses.

“The advanced solutions we’re providing CMEEC today comprise the benefits of years of energy storage research and technology development,” SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive said. “We’re honored to implement this groundbreaking project as an example for the future.”

Completion of the solar energy storage facility is anticipated by the end of June, with the project’s seven sites all expected to be online by December.