WGL Energy Systems (WGL Energy), a WGL company (NYSE:WGL), today
announced the completion of a 3.2 megawatt (MW) solar facility in
Devens, a 4,400-acre community in north-central Massachusetts. The fully
installed photovoltaic (PV) solar system is designed to provide power to
the residential, commercial and industrial customers of the Devens
Utilities Department. MassDevelopment, the state's finance and
development authority, is redeveloping Devens - a former U.S. Army base
- into a mixed-use community.
The system consists of 10,488 rooftop solar panels installed on top of
two buildings in Devens at 66 Saratoga Boulevard and 18 Independence
WGL Energy, with more than 205 MW DC of distributed solar power capacity
operational or under contract in 19 states across the U.S., owns and
operates the facility and will sell power to the Devens community under
a 24-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
WGL Energy operates 13 solar projects throughout Massachusetts, with a
combined capacity of over 24 MW DC. Sol Systems developed the project
and managed the engineering, construction and procurement of equipment
for the project's two solar facilities.
"WGL Energy is proud to support the Devens community with energy
solutions," said Sanjiv Mahan, president, WGL Energy Systems. "We are
dedicated to delivering energy answers that empower customers to
incorporate renewable energy as a source, to lower carbon emissions, and
to reduce energy spend."
"With zero-net-energy homes and acres of protected open space, Devens is
at the forefront of sustainability in north-central Massachusetts," said
MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. "Providing diverse energy
sources for our businesses and residents is a top priority of the Devens
Utilities Department, and we're pleased to work with WGL Energy on this
"Sol Systems values the opportunity to partner with WGL Energy and
Devens and closely collaborate on a successful solar project," said Yuri
Horwitz, CEO, Sol Systems.
The project, which started at 66 Saratoga Boulevard in Devens in
November 2015 and at 18 Independence Drive in Devens in March 2016, was
The solar facilities are expected to produce more than 30,000 megawatt
hours (MWh) per year of electricity, which avoids more than 21,000
metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent to the
amount emitted by more than 4,450 cars or the electric power used by
more than 2,200 homes in one year.
About WGL Energy
WGL Energy delivers a full spectrum of energy offerings, including
electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, carbon reduction,
distributed generation and energy efficiency solutions provided by WGL
Energy Services, Inc. and WGL Energy Systems, Inc. To learn more, visit
us at www.wglenergy.com.
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WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source
for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and
assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL
Midstreamand Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity,
green power and energy services, including generation, storage,
transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a
company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our
community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter,
small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal
agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more
information, visit us at www.wgl.com.
About MassDevelopment and Devens
MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, works with
businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to
stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2016,
MassDevelopment financed or managed 352 projects generating investment
of more than $4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are
projected to create about 8,200 jobs and build or rehabilitate about
4,200 residential units.
Located in north-central Massachusetts and managed by MassDevelopment,
Devens is home to a varied mix of businesses, government organizations,
and nonprofits employing nearly 5,000 people. Created by statute in 1993
to support business growth and attract economic development
opportunities in the region, the 4,400-acre site features fast-track
permitting and other incentives for businesses. The former military
installation is recognized today as a national model for military base
redevelopment. Along with its business tenants, the Devens community
also includes more than 2,100 acres of recreation and open space,
private residences, schools, and a network of human and social services
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