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Posted on: February 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Mayor DeMaria announces "Community Shared Solar" power purchase agreement

Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that the City of Everett has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Syncarpha Solar, LLC. The City will be purchasing energy credits generated by the companies’ eleven “Community Shared Solar” projects.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced that the City of Everett has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with Syncarpha Solar, LLC.  The City will be purchasing energy credits generated by the companies’ eleven “Community Shared Solar” projects.  The solar farms are all located in Massachusetts and are part of National Grid’s service territory.  The solar farms are expected to generate 76 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable solar energy annually.  Under the 20-year agreement, the City of Everett has agreed to purchase utility energy credits generated by the solar farms.  These credits will save the city significant costs in the purchase of energy and help the city maintain a balanced budget and fund programs that enhance the quality of life for all residents.

Mayor DeMaria stated, “As a coastal community, we all recognize the importance of protecting our environment as we experience more frequent storms and flooding.  I’m proud we have entered into this energy savings program. This power purchase agreement will provide the city with long-term energy savings while at the same time supporting a growing solar industry in the Commonwealth.  I hope our residents will take advantage of the residential portion of the Community Shared Solar opportunity to purchase clean, renewable, solar energy credits.  Those who opt into the new residential program will also save money.”

“Syncarpha is very pleased to partner with the City of Everett on this exciting Community Shared Solar portfolio,” said Cliff Chapman, managing partner at Syncarpha. “Syncarpha’s solar farms will create tangible economic and environmental benefits for the City, its residents, and for Massachusetts.”  

”We applaud the City of Everett for their proactive, forward-thinking, and collaborative approach to our public/private partnership model and solar power contract” said Bob Knowles, partner at Renewable Energy Massachusetts LLC, Syncarpha’s co-development partner on two of the solar projects.  “We know that everyone who worked very hard over the last 24 months during the project development phase to make Syncarpha’s solar portfolio a reality, is proud to know the City of Everett is helping to secure more local, clean, renewable energy on the grid in Massachusetts.  We all look forward to several decades of economic and environmental benefit to be realized by these solar farms.”

Relay Power is assisting Syncarpha with marketing the residential energy savings credits from the solar farms.  The solar energy savings are available for the benefit of any National Grid customer in Massachusetts.  Relay Power is currently working with the City of Everett to extend these energy savings to residents of Everett.  Residents who opt into the solar program will receive monthly discounted credits on their electric bills while supporting clean, local solar power in Massachusetts.  Residents of Everett can contact Relay Power for a free consultation about the solar opportunity by visiting www.relaypower.com/everett, or by calling 781-21-RELAY (781-217-5329).

The City of Everett has recently taken on numerous initiatives to reduce its energy use and its carbon footprint, including improving energy efficiency on select municipal buildings, introducing LED street lights, and other sustainability initiatives promoted by Mayor DeMaria’s administration.

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