The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $245,000 in grant funding for the installation of a 490 kW solar canopy at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation\u2019s (MassDOT) research and materials facility in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The funding is provided by the Department of Energy Resources\u2019 (DOER) Leading by Example Clean Energy Grant Program for Solar Photovoltaic Canopies, which seeks to increase installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) parking canopies and innovative solar PV technologies at state facilities. Today\u2019s grant announcement represents the sixth award from DOER\u2019s Leading by Example solar canopy grant program since 2014 and has resulted in the installation of over 6.5 MW of solar power at state facilities.\n\n\u201cIntegrating solar technologies into MassDOT\u2019s new research and materials facility demonstrates their commitment to embracing innovative technologies,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cThe Commonwealth\u2019s state facilities continue to lead by example in adopting new clean energy practices that reduce energy costs and emissions for all ratepayers.\u201d\n\n\u201cOur Administration is committed to working across agencies to ensure clean energy innovation is implemented where it can have the greatest impact,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cThis solar canopy will allow MassDOT to save energy costs and repurpose those resources for more vital operations while reducing emissions.\u201d\n\nThe new MassDOT facility, currently under construction and nearing completion, will house the statewide research and materials testing laboratory. The 490 kW solar canopy, in conjunction with a 40 kW rooftop solar PV system, will help offset a substantial portion of the building\u2019s electrical demand. The solar canopy project, which includes two Level II Dual-head electric vehicle charging stations, will be built at no cost to MassDOT through a third-party agreement with Ameresco.\n\n\u201cThe Commonwealth is at the forefront of integrating clean energy and energy efficiency technologies into our new state construction, setting the pace for the rest of the state and nation to follow our lead,\u201d said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton. \u201cAs the cost of solar installations continues to decrease, the Baker-Polito Administration is committed to expanding clean energy integration to state facilities.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe are proud to work closely with the Department of Energy Resources and our partners in state government to incorporate innovative energy technologies into our transportation projects and systems,\u201d said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. \u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration is committed to adopting renewable and clean energy technologies that allow us to minimize our environmental impact and lower energy costs across the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\nIn addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering MassDOT\u2019s electricity costs and contributing to the building\u2019s LEED certification, the solar canopy will also provide shade and shelter from the elements for all customers and staff. MassDOT will use this project as a pilot as they explore further deployment of solar canopies at their facilities statewide.\n\n\u201cThrough close collaboration with our fellow state agencies, DOER continues to prove that clean and renewable energy technologies can be successfully and cost effectively integrated into new state construction projects,\u201d said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson. \u201cWe are committed to working closely with our partners across state government to ensure that Massachusetts remains a leader for clean energy building practices.\u201d\n\nSolar canopy installations provide opportunities to state facilities to generate clean renewable electricity at operating parking areas, while reducing heat absorption on parking surfaces and shading parked vehicles. DOER has provided grants to install solar canopies at five additional sites, including Roxbury Community College, University of Massachusetts Amherst (two projects), University of Massachusetts Lowell and Department of Conservation and Recreation Walden Pond Visitor Center.\n\n\u201cIn the Legislature and in MetroWest communities, we continue to encourage innovative clean energy technologies, economic development and sustainability,\u201d said State Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland). \u201cHopkinton has a strong record in clean energy innovation, and this new installation will help our community to expand solar power at a lower cost.\u201d\n\n\u201cCommunities and businesses in the MetroWest have been leading the way in solar energy for a long time. The new MassDOT installation in Hopkinton is another exciting step forward for our area,\u201d said State Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston). \u201cThis leadership by the state sets a great example for others and will result in environmental benefits as well as savings for residents of the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\nThe program is funded by an allocation of Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP) funds. ACP funds are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs.\n\nThe Leading by Example (LBE) program works with state agencies to meet specific target for greenhouse gas emission reductions, energy consumption reduction and renewable energy procurement. Since 2007, state agencies have made significant progress, including reducing GHG emissions by 26 percent, generating 15 percent of electricity demand from onsite renewable and combined heat and power sources, and reducing heating oil use by 78 percent. LBE results have contributed to Massachusetts being ranked for the past five years as the number one state for energy efficiency in the country by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).