April 13, 2016
WALTHAM, MA – National Grid in Massachusetts has been named among the top utilities in the country in terms of solar megawatts connected to the grid in 2015, as compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Electric Power Association. National Grid is the only utility serving the Northeast to earn a place on the top 10 list.
In survey results released April 12, National Grid ranked No. 10 on the Annual Solar Megawatts Connected list, with 154 megawatts (MW) installed in 2015. That’s enough electricity to power approximately 25,000 homes per year. The 2015 listing marks the third time National Grid has made SEPA’s Top 10.
“We’re fortunate to be in a place where our customers recognize the benefits of renewable energy and the leadership in our state supports accessibility to renewable technology,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “In fact, we have been rapidly expanding our distributed generation staff in order to meet growing demand for solar installations across the Commonwealth.”
National Grid’s approach to planning and operating energy infrastructure in the Northeast, which the company calls Connect21, aligns with the Commonwealth’s goal to install 1,600 MW of solar generation in Massachusetts by 2020. The company has connected more than 460 MW of customer-sited solar generation in the state, and is investing up to 20 MW of new company-owned solar projects, testing advanced inverter technology and the impact of strategically-located solar on the grid. The company is also committed to the delivery of large-scale renewable electricity sources; natural gas infrastructure investment and energy efficiency programs, all of which will provide customers in the region with affordable, clean, reliable energy.
National Grid empowers customers and communities by linking customer needs and public policy goals with technology and market solutions, thus driving energy productivity, a cleaner energy environment and more robust local economies. The company will continue to play a pivotal role in enabling new technologies to be implemented more quickly, serving as a community catalyst for solar generation, electric vehicles and more.
“We saw record installations of solar in 2015 across the United States. Our Top 10 survey results detail the scale of this growth, and the active role an increasing number of utilities are playing in it,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “Consumers want solar, and their interest is driving change and innovation at utilities nationwide. This growth is occurring not only in well-known solar markets such as California and Hawaii, but in unexpected pockets of solar activity, including Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia.”
The ninth annual survey includes figures from more than 300 utilities across the country on solar connected to the grid both in 2015 and in total since 2007.
The full Top 10 listings are available online at www.sepatop10.org.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit that facilitates the utility industry’s smart transition to a clean energy future. Through education, research and collaboration SEPA enables the integration and deployment of solar, demand response, other distributed energy resources, and supporting technologies onto the grid.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).