WILMINGTON — Reading Municipal Light Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 8 to commemorate the completion and activation of its first community Solar Choice project.
RMLD’s Solar Choice community solar project allows RMLD customers who don’t have the ability to install their own solar panels the opportunity to share in the benefits of a large solar array. The introduction of this and future Solar Choice projects furthers RMLD’s ongoing effort to “Get Greener, Go Paperless, and Be Efficient.”
The one-megawatt Solar Choice project located at 326 Ballardvale St. in Wilmington consists of over 4,000 solar panels. RMLD is offering this resource as a means for its customers to support locally produced, affordable clean energy, which is beneficial to the environment. Solar Choice is also beneficial to RMLD and its customers because it allows for the generation of electricity within RMLD’s system, offsetting wholesale transmission and capacity costs which impact RMLD’s power supply costs and in turn, electricity rates. This is particularly important during expensive peak demand times.
Five hundred RMLD customers signed up to participate in the project and receive the benefits of the community solar array. In addition to supporting clean energy, participating customers are expected to receive net credits on their electric bill of approximately $300 over a 10-year period. RMLD plans to launch similar projects in the future to provide more of its customers with the opportunity to participate in community solar.
This Solar Choice project is a result of collaboration across multiple organizations including: the town of Wilmington; ECA Solar, the renewable energy company that constructed the array; Altus Power America, the renewable energy company that owns and operates the array; Novaya Real Estate Ventures, the owner of the commercial building where the array is located; and CBRE/New England, the property management company for the commercial building where the array is located.
President of ECA, Todd Fryatt, cuts the ribbon at the ceremony in Reading.