On Monday, August 21, 2017 millions of people across the United States donned special glasses and headed outside to watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun. If you didn’t make it outside yourself, you probably saw fantastic photos of the eclipse on the internet or television. Depending on your location in the US, the sky may have darkened significantly. Consider a different aspect of the Solar Eclipse: its effect on solar power generation. For this observation, you won’t need special glasses. (more…)
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ANDOVER, MA – Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed a 385-kW rooftop solar photovoltaic installation at 95 Haverhill Road in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The installation is complete and the system was placed in service on September 30, 2016. The panels are expected to produce more than 450,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year of clean, renewable energy – enough to power about 60 average Massachusetts homes. The system consists of 1,185 Trina Solar 325-watt photovoltaic panels, nine Solectria inverters, and a mounting system furnished by Ecolibrium. Cooperstown’s client was SBI Solar LLC, the system owner, which has signed a Power Purchase
The solar photovoltaic energy market in Massachusetts is in disarray due to uncertainty in both the Solar Carve-Out II Program, better known as SREC II, and the net metering program. For both programs, the capacity limits set by the state have apparently been reached in part or in whole. Over the coming days, greater clarity is expected at least for the SREC program. As explained in an earlier article, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced on February 5, 2016 that applications had been received that exceed the capacity of the SREC II program capacity for systems larger than
In a shocking and potentially disastrous announcement on Friday, February 5, 2016, Michael Judge, the Director, Renewable and Alternative Energy at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), explained that the full capacity of the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out II Program (better known as SREC II) may have been reached for projects larger than 25 kW DC. Specifically, “DOER has qualified or received applications for over 854 MW DC of capacity” exceeding the program limit of 660.595 MW for such projects. If DOER’s reviews confirm that the program is full, new commercial solar projects in Massachusetts, already suffering under the severe
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed rooftop solar photovoltaic installations on two Reading Cooperative Bank branches in North Reading and Wilmington, Massachusetts. With a placed in service date of November 2015, the systems are already producing clean, renewable energy – a projected 45,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Cooperstown’s client was Park Middlesex LLC, the owner of the buildings. Reading Coop operates a bank branch at each location under long-term leases. The power produced by the rooftop solar PV arrays will be used on-site and is expected to provide approximately one-third of the electric power used at the properties.
Cooperstown Environmental LLC announced that it has completed the installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Quincy, Massachusetts. With a placed in service date of November 15th, 2012, the system is producing clean, renewable energy – a projected 135,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Fallon Ambulance is the host and will purchase electricity for its own use under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with HOF Solar LLC, the system owner. Fallon will save a significant percentage of its annual energy costs under the deal as well as taking responsibility for approximately one-quarter of its annual electric load. Cooperstown Environmental