State, local officials celebrate Goshen Community Solar Project

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GOSHEN, Mass. (WWLP) – State and local officials celebrated a community solar project in Goshen on Tuesday.

The community solar array is a project that will provide nearly $593,000 in electricity bill savings for National Grid residential and business customers over 20 years. It was also provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in property tax revenue for the Town of Goshen, said Clean Energy Collective.

The 1.9 megawatt community solar array is part of a comprehensive portfolio of community solar projects by CEC that includes 31 facilities, totaling more than 43 megawatts of clean power used across the Commonwealth by early 2017, said CEC.

The environment will also benefit from the Goshen Community Solar Array displacing nearly 30 million kilowatt hours of fossil fuel generated electricity. This will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by over 52 million pounds, said CEC.

CEC said that that is equivalent to the greenhouse gas benefits of planting nearly 81,000 trees, or avoiding emissions for over 59 million miles of automobile travel.

Massachusetts will be one of the leading states for solar development this year, and community solar will be the primary reason for that, said CEC.

CEC will complete construction on 30 other community shared solar farms over the next few months, two of which are in western Massachusetts. Those communities are North Adams and Orange.

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