California-based solar developer Sunpin, has been awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) issued by Massachusetts’ SMART (Solar Massachusetts’ Renewable Target) program. A 20-year feed-in-tariff incentive contract has been awarded by WMECO (Western Massachusetts Electric) to Sunpin’s Blandford project. When it is completed, the Blandford project, sited in Western Massachusetts, will be 5 MWac. This is one of the largest that the SMART program has selected to date – Sunpin’s proposal having met the stringent requirements of the program’s requirements. It is also the largest solar project in WMECO territory.
“Sunpin began developing Massachusetts solar projects six years ago. Our plan is to continue to focus our efforts on solar development in Massachusetts, as well as the rest of the U.S., over the next few years,” said Sunpin President Tom Li. “Ultimately, by 2021, we aim to develop a portfolio of a gigawatt’s worth of solar projects in the U.S.; a significant portion of them will be located in Massachusetts.”
In total, Sunpin has over 100 MW of solar installations under development in Massachusetts. Sunpin will submit these projects in the next round of Massachusetts’ SMART incentives when they become available. Additionally, Sunpin is currently building a 96 MW solar project in Southern California, which is expected to be in commercial operation by May 2018.
— Solar Builder magazine