Ameresco, DOER bring solar power jobs to Massachusetts

Framingham, Mass.. October 19, 2010 — Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, has worked with the Massachusetts State Department of Energy Resources to sign agreements to design, construct, finance, own and operate solar power systems on five state facilities.

Under 20-year power purchase agreements with Ameresco, the state facilities will receive solar-generated electricity at a discount to their current electricity bills, thereby cutting their energy budgets.

In part, the discounted prices were made possible by the Massachusetts Solar Stimulus Program, which used Recovery Act funds to reduce the capital cost of the projects.

The five solar power systems will generate 560 kW of electricity capacity and 700,000 kWh of annual electric energy. The solar systems will be installed on the rooftops of two Massport Logan Airport terminals, Bridgewater State College, Worcester State College and the Canton Housing Authority.

All the solar installations will be built with advanced Internet-enabled measurement and monitoring systems — enabling Ameresco to keep the systems producing reliable power.

To further boost Massachusetts employment, the inverters — which convert the solar generated direct current electricity to alternating current electricity — will be made by Solectria in Lawrence, MA. All other major components, including the Sharp solar panels are made in the U.S.

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