FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2018
Nexamp expands access to solar power in Western Massachusetts with 12 new community solar projects through Hampshire Renewables
Nexamp, Inc. and HCG are working together to promote community solar projects totaling more than 21 megawatts across Western Massachusetts, enough to power approximately 4,000 homes. The solar arrays provide the opportunity for residents, businesses and municipalities to save hundreds if not thousands on their annual electricity bills while supporting local, renewable electricity. The collaborative effort is known as Hampshire Renewables.
“Our community solar projects show the immense potential of thoughtful energy policy in the Commonwealth,” says Zaid Ashai, CEO, Nexamp. “Nexamp is committed to making solar power accessible and affordable for everyone, even if they don’t have the ability to install solar panels on their own home or building for any reason. Community solar fuels the growth of local, renewable energy and this collaboration with HCG makes it even easier for consumers to benefit in this region.”
Hundreds of local residents, nonprofits, and small businesses have already signed up through the Hampshire Renewables website or with HCG or Nexamp representatives. Customers who subscribe to Nexamp’s community solar projects through Hampshire Renewables will realize a guaranteed 15% discount on electricity from the solar projects delivered to their National Grid or Eversource utility bills. Participants can rest assured that they are not only saving money but also directly supporting a local source of clean, renewable energy.
“It was an easy decision to work with Hampshire Power to get energy credits from community shared solar,” says Peter St. Martin, owner of Roberto’s and Sylvester’s restaurants in downtown Northampton. “Our electricity costs are lower every month and we’re supporting green power in our area. We are already working with Hampshire Power to get our electricity supply, so this was just another way to use green energy, work with a local nonprofit and save money.”
“We are proud to expand our partnership with Nexamp to bring local solar savings to customers in Western Massachusetts who want to power their values, while saving money and supporting renewable energy,” says Todd Ford, executive director, HCG.
The projects are located throughout the Western Massachusetts region. In Eversource/WMECo territory, projects are located in Amherst, Whately, Plainfield, and Hadley (Nexamp’s third project in Hadley). In National Grid territory, project locations include Palmer, Wales, Granby, Oakham, Winchendon, and Charlton (Nexamp’s third project in Charlton).
Anyone interested in participating should visit hcg-ma.org/hampshire-renewables to sign up today.
About Hampshire Renewables
Nexamp has partnered with HCG to create the Hampshire Renewables and Net Metering program. Through the program, eligible ratepayers subscribe to a share of a local community solar project based on their projected annual electricity costs. Once the project is constructed and interconnected to the utility grid, participants receive a 15% discount on the value of the electricity generated by their share of the solar project for as long as they remain enrolled.
Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solutions for the deployment and operation of solar energy assets. Our comprehensive capabilities span the entire solar project lifecycle—from project development, design and construction, through financing, operations and maintenance. Our integrated, best-in class solutions make solar energy simple and profitable for our clients and partners and make an impact every day. With a rapidly expanding network of property owners, businesses, communities and residents benefitting from our growing portfolio of solar assets across the US, Nexamp and our partners are laying the groundwork for a cleaner, more secure energy future.