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Massachusetts awards $20m in grants for energy storage projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 11 December 2017

The US state of Massachusetts has awarded $20m funding to 26 projects to deliver the benefits energy storage can offer to its ratepayers.

The announcement by the Baker-Polito administration highlights second phase of its energy storage initiative.

The administration said it doubled the available funding from the initial $10m commitment in response to the potential benefits energy storage holds for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, coupled with the strength of submitted projects.

Twenty five communities will benefit from the awarded projects, which will secure $32m in matching funds. It will help in increasing the Commonwealth’s energy storage economy. 

The grants were awarded as part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is administering the program, which is funded by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) via Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP).

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement during an event at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital.

The critical care facility will use the funding to integrate a 400kw solar canopy and energy storage system.

Some of the awardees are EnerNOC; UMass-Amherst; Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (two projects); UMass-Boston; GE; Boston Medical Center; Borrego Solar Systems (two projects); Advanced Microgrid Solutions; Greenlots; Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority; Tesla (two projects).

Other awardees include Solect Energy; NuGen Capital; UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital; Reading Municipal Light Department; NextEra Energy; National Grid; Ameresco; Taunton Municipal Light Plant; Sunrun; Constellation; WH Bennett; and West Boylston Municipal Light Plant.

Governor Charlie Baker said: “The development and deployment of energy storage projects will be vital to the Commonwealth’s ability to continue leading the nation in energy efficiency.

“Funding these storage projects is an investment in our energy portfolio that will reduce costs for ratepayers and help create a clean and resilient energy future.”

Image: The funding highlights second phase of administration’s energy storage initiative. Photo: courtesy of Commonwealth of Massachusetts.