For Immediate Release - April 12, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Stimulus Funds for 56 Solar Energy Projects

Commonwealth Solar Stimulus puts federal funds to work supporting solar energy; second round of stimulus-funded rebates opened today to overwhelming response

BOSTON - April 9, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan to secure the state's economic future, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Ian Bowles today announced that 56 projects have received a total $4 million in federal stimulus funding to help install 4 megawatts (MW) of solar power at sites throughout the Commonwealth. Under the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus program, the 56 awards will go to a variety of projects generating from 5 kilowatts (kW) to 200 kW of power each.

"Commonwealth Solar has been the catalyst for significant growth in the Massachusetts solar power industry over the last two years," Governor Deval Patrick said. "With this next generation of rebates, we are putting clean solar power within the reach of more schools, farms, and other small businesses across the state."

"Over the last few years, our administration has made it a priority to support and grow the clean energy industry in Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "With these federal stimulus funds, we can further invest in solar industry in all regions across the Commonwealth."

"Massachusetts is in the midst of a solar revolution. By the end of this year, the Commonwealth will see a nearly 20-fold increase in solar installations over what we had when Governor Patrick took office," Secretary Bowles said. "I congratulate these 56 new projects for becoming part of the Massachusetts solar success story."

The Patrick-Murray Administration's emphasis on solar power has spurred the growth of a vibrant solar industry in Massachusetts - expanding the number of solar installation contractors and subcontractors from roughly 50 in January 2008 to nearly 200 today, and more than doubling employment in the solar sector. Solar PV projects assisted by Commonwealth Solar rebates, as well as solar installations supported by federal stimulus funds on water treatment facilities and other public buildings, will bring the state to more than 60 MW of solar power by the end of 2010, up from 3.5 MW when Governor Patrick took office.

"Meeting its goal for the first funding block in a matter of hours, Commonwealth Solar Stimulus is just another example of the immense demand for solar power in Massachusetts," said Carter Wall, Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Division at MassCEC. "We look forward to the second round of Commonwealth Solar Stimulus and adding more megawatts of solar power to Governor Patrick's goal of 250 MW of solar energy by 2017."

Between January 2008 and December 2009, Commonwealth Solar's initial phase awarded nearly 1,300 rebates for residential, commercial and municipal projects capable of generating 23.5 MW of electricity - enough to annually power nearly 3,750 homes in Massachusetts. On the heels of that success, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in late January launched two new solar rebate programs - Commonwealth Solar II and Commonwealth Solar Stimulus. Commonwealth Solar Stimulus, which assists solar photovoltaic (PV) systems sized up to 200 kW, received 86 applications in less than five hours. Applications for a second $4 million round of rebates opened today and the round fully subscribed in less than an hour. Funding for the program comes from $8 million in State Energy Program funding awarded to the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Solar energy is already making Massachusetts homes and businesses more energy efficient and putting money back in the taxpayers' pockets. These rebates will create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect the environment," said Senator John Kerry.

The following projects received funding in the first Commonwealth Solar Stimulus rebate round:



Project

City/Town

Kw

Rebate

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Barnstable

9.84

$14,760.00

Jet Aviation of America Inc.

Bedford

112.7

$118,850.00

Massachusetts Audubon Society

Belmont

9.2

$13,800.00

Greater Boston Food Bank

Boston

199.71

$162,355.00

Boston College High School

Boston

199.87

$162,435.00

Sullivan's Castle Island LLC

Boston

6.15

$9,225.00

Shady Hill School - Gym

Cambridge

89.24

$101,740.00

Shady Hill School - Library

Cambridge, MA

32.89

$45,390.00

Constitution Center, LLC - Bldg 2

Charlestown

42.32

$54,820.00

Constitution Center, LLC - Bldg 1

Charlestown

199.87

$162,435.00

Natures Classroom

Charlton

15.12.

$22,680.00

Princeton Commons: Bldg 2

Chelmsford

16.1

$24,150.00

Princeton Commons: PH Henchelm LLC - Bldg 3

Chelmsford

26.68

$39,180.00

Princeton Commons: PH Henchelm LLC - Bldg 4

Chelmsford

16.1

$24,150.00

Atlas Historic Development, LLC

Chelsea

44.16

$56,660.00

Eastern Avenue Holdings, LLC

Chelsea

199.64

$162,320.00

Savage Farms, Inc.

Deerfield

19.2

$28,800.00

Savage Farms, Inc.

Deerfield

5.6

$8,400.00

Rapoza Landscaping

East Falmouth

9.84

$14,760.00

Spectrum Lighting

Fall River

58.8

$71,300.00

NDNE 9/90 Crossing LLC

Framingham

103.04

$114,020.00

Barrett Distribution

Franklin

198.44

$161,720.00

Rogers and Gray Insurance Agency Inc.

Hyannis

40

$52,500.00

Asclepius Corp

Hyannis

30.24

$42,740.00

Cape Cod Cooperative Bank

Hyannis

59.8

$72,300.00

Housing Assistance Corporation - 77 Winter

Hyannis

14.28

$21,420.00

Housing Assistance Corporation - 309 B South Street

Hyannis

6.72

$10,080.00

CanPro Investments, LTD

Lakeville

39.715

$52,215.00

CanPro Investments, LTD

Lakeville

36.66

$49,160.00

Mass Moca

North Adams

199.52

$162,260.00

Arey's Pond Boat Yard

Orleans

6.51

$9,765.00

Massachusetts Audubon Society - Princeton Hey Day Barn

Princeton

5.98

$8,970.00

Massachusetts Audubon Society - Princeton Ground Mounted

Princeton

5.06

$7,590.00

Jay Cashman Inc.

Quincy

26

$38,500.00

Grossman Marketing Group

Somerville

199.87

$162,435.00

Herb Chambers I93 Inc.

Somerville

99.82

$112,320.00

Nickerson Lumber Company - Main Bldg

South Dennis

34.5

$47,000.00

Nickerson Lumber Company - Bldg 9

South Dennis

74.06

$86,560.00

Meadowbrook Orchards

Sterling

18.48

$27,720.00

DR-LMP Ames Pond 100-200 LLC

Tewksbury

127.42

$126,210.00

DR-LMP Ames Pond 100-200 LLC

Tewksbury

122.13

$123,565.00

The Tyngsborough Sports Realty Trust

Tyngsborough

100.8

$112,900.00

Tick Tock LLC

Waltham

26.45

$38,950.00

Spruce Environmental Technologies, Inc.

Ward Hill

78.75

$91,250.00

Quaboag Regional High/Middle School

Warren

103.73

$114,365.00

Stanley Urban (Farm)

West Bridgewater

12.19

$18,285.00

West Brookfield Elementary School

West Brookfield

104.55

$114,775.00

REEF Reality Ltd

West Dennis

6.3

$9,450.00

VFW Parkway Car Wash

West Roxbury

35.84

$48,340.00

Gandara Center Org

West Springfield

44.39

$56,890.00

Warren Community Elementary School

West Warren

115.005

$120,002.50

Williams Building Company

West Yarmouth

5.04

$7,560.00

DJ Realty Trust Dan's Jeep

Westborough

49.68

$62,180.00

DJ Realty Trust Mitsubishi of Westboro

Westborough

49.68

$62,180.00

Consolidated Marketing Services

Wilmington

148.736

$136,868.00

Franklin Realty Advisors - Worcester Business Center

Worcester

113.16

$119,080.00



Investment in renewable energy is a critical component of Governor Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:

  • Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
  • Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future, and support clean energy, broadband, and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
  • Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.