Solar Farm Spotlight: Chickadee

Community Solar Farm
  • Jul 31, 2020

Each month, we spotlight one of the solar farms in our Community Solar program. Community Solar is a new way to receive some of the financial benefits of solar energy—without the hassle of installing your own solar panels. You can learn more about what Community Solar is in this blog post

The solar farms in our Community Solar program are groups of solar panels located in a field or on a rooftop that leverage the power of the sun to produce renewable energy. Solar farms typically feed into the larger electricity grid and help to shift the fuel mix to clean, renewable sources—while helping customers save money on their electric bills!

This month’s solar farm is Chickadee Community Solar Farm.

Location:

Chickadee Community Solar Farm is located in Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. The farm is built on a gravel pit not far from Great Wolf Lodge water park’s New England location!

Customers:

Chickadee Community Solar Farm serves mostly commercial customers within the National Grid utility service area in Massachusetts. Chickadee customers receive up to 10% savings on their solar bill credits!*

Interconnection (when the solar farm starts generating power): 

Chickadee Community Solar Farm will “turn on” and start generating solar power in Summer 2021. In addition, another solar farm will be added next year as part of the Chickadee project to provide solar energy to even more customers! Check out these photos of the farm's progress so far.

Capacity (how much solar energy the solar farm can generate):

Once both farms are completed, Chickadee Community Solar Farm will have the capacity to generate 5,043,790.52 kWh of clean solar energy each year. That’s the equivalent of:¹

  • 770 cars taken off the road for one year; or

  • 3,929,421 pounds of coal not burned; or

  • 58,967 tree seedlings grown for 10 years!

More about solar in Massachusetts:²

  • More than 15% of the state’s electricity comes from solar.

  • There are more than 10,000 solar jobs in the state.

  • The Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, approved in 2018, promotes and incentivizes cost-effective solar development in the state. Chickadee Community Solar Farm is part of the SMART program!

Interested in joining a Community Solar farm? 

If you’re a Massachusetts resident within National Grid’s service area, you can sign up today and save up to 10% on your electric bill.* 

If you’re not a Massachusetts resident, find your local Community Solar farm and sign up today to save money and the planet!

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¹EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

²SEIA, Massachusetts Solar

*IMPORTANT: Community Solar offers up to twenty years of Alternative On-Bill Credits ("AOBCs") for your subscription to a solar farm. The value of AOBCs is not guaranteed and may increase or decrease over the term of the agreement based on your utility's tariffs. The subscription rate is a 10% discount to the AOBC you receive and is not regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Savings are not guaranteed. You may be subject to an early termination fee of $250. Although you are not using solar power generated by the solar farm, your purchase of AOBCs supports solar development in MA. Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change. Review the Subscription Agreement for additional details.


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