MA Solar Stimulus Funds 56 Solar Panel Installations
How long does it take for a thriving solar industry to find uses for$4 million? About three hours, it turns out. On Friday, one of two solar rebate programs in Massachusetts opened to applications at 9:00am and closedbefore noon, all of its quarterly-allocated funds having been spokenfor. The Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Program funds solar installationsfor commercial projects 10-200 kW in size.
Governor Deval Patrick has announced that Block 2 of the Solar Stimulus–made possible byfederal ARRA funds–will go towards 56 solar installations throughout the Bay State. The installations will add 4 megawatts of solarcapacity to the state, which is working towards a goal of 250 mW ofsolar energy by 2017.
Recipients of funds included schools, farms, non-profits and smallbusinesses throughout Massachusetts. Here’s a sampling of the projectsthat received funding this time around:
- Greater Boston Food Bank, Mass Moca, Barrett Distribution, BostonCollege High School and three other projects received about $160,000each for installations that nudged the program cap of 200 kW
- Cambridge’s Shady Hill School, granted $147,130 for two solarinstallations totaling 122 kW
- Massachusetts Audubon Society, granted $30,360 for three solarinstallations totaling 20.24 kW
- VFW Parkway Car Wash in Roxbury, granted $48,340 for nearly36 kW
- Cape Cod Organic Farm, granted $14,760 for nearly 10 kW
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles said, “Massachusetts is in the midst of a solar revolution. By the end of this year, theCommonwealth will see a nearly 20-fold increase in solar installationsover what we had when Governor Patrick took office.” WhenPatrick took office, the state had 3.5 mW of installed solar capacity;accounting for all projects currently in the pipeline, the state expects to have more than 60 mW installed by the end of 2010.
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