SunEdison to construct 4.5-MW solar project in Dighton, Mass.

SunEdison has started construction on a 4.5 MW DC solar project in Dighton, Mass., for the Brockton Housing Authority. The housing authority, which serves around 7,000 low and very low income residents, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison last year, and anticipates saving more than $14 million on energy costs over the period of the agreement.

Sun EdisonSunEdison is collaborating with ISM Solar, a national developer with industry-leading expertise in solar project management, to develop the project. ISM initiated the project and will complete permitting and interconnection and perform site control. SunEdison will supply its high performance solar panels and perform best-in-class construction services, and 24/7 monitoring and maintenance services.

“We’re seeing strong demand for SunEdison’s power purchase agreement solution from entities like the Brockton Housing Authority that stand to save millions of dollars by going solar,” said Tom Leyden, SunEdison’s vice president of partner development. “Working with local development partners like ISM is a great way for SunEdison to stay connected to smaller local markets while maximizing cash efficiency. The result is a project where the customer gets the benefit of local expertise married with the staying power and best-in-class development practices of SunEdison.”

The solar power plant will supply Brockton Housing Authority with electricity through a state-wide program called “virtual net metering” which allows customers to enjoy the savings and environmental benefits of solar even if they are unable to install a system on site. The solar system is built in the same region as the customer, and clean energy is delivered over the existing power lines.

Construction is targeted for completion during the first half of 2016. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plant will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

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