Regional Solar Initiative


Overview

MAPC supports the development of solar energy management services (EMS) projects through regional procurement projects, solar EMS contract development, and educational events. Solar EMS contracts are long-term (up to 20 years) service agreements that include: PV system design, financing, and installation; operations, maintenance, and PV system removal; long-term lease of public space; electricity generated by a PV system; and a system performance guarantee. 

A community entering into a solar EMS contract is responsible for hosting the PV system on a municipally-owned site and purchasing all of the electricity generated by the PV system. The benefit to the community is a long-term guarantee for solar energy production at a determined price schedule without the risks of ownership. The developer owns the PV system and generates revenue by selling electricity to the community and monetizing the tax incentives and Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) associated with solar electricity generation.

Communities interested in participating in group 25A procurements of solar EMS projects should contact MAPC for more information. Cities, towns or state agencies in Massachusetts interested in participating in a 25A group procurement should submit a letter of interest to cpeterson@mapc.org or fax to 617-482-7185.

Resources

For more detailed information, refer to the municipal clean energy toolkit topics and resources below:

Regional Solar Initiative (2012 DLTA Project)

In 2012, MAPC facilitated a regional procurement process under Ch. 25A with support from The Cadmus Group for solar energy management services (EMS) on behalf of 17 cities and towns in the MAPC region. The cities and towns that participated in the process included Belmont, Beverly, Boxborough, Brookline, Chelsea, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Medford, Medway, Melrose, Reading, Sherborn, Wayland, Weston, Weymouth, and Winthrop. Representatives from several of these municipalities formed a selection committee to rank the respondents and select the top-ranked developer with whom the participating communities are eligible to enter into individual solar EMS agreements.  

Preliminary Site Assessment (2011 DLTA Project)

In 2011, MAPC contracted with Meridian Associates to conduct a “fatal flaw” analysis of seven potential renewable energy development sites in the region, including closed municipal landfills in Ashland, Bedford, Hamilton, Sherborn and Sudbury, and underutilized lots in Ashland and Hopkinton.

Questions?

For more information on any of these projects, contact Cammy Peterson, Manager, Clean Energy Division, MAPC.