Why Large-Scale Programs are the Future of Solar
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The solar industry continues to grow and solar programs are moving right along with it.
Large-scale vs. small-scale solar:A large-scale solar project generates clean energy off-site and delivers it to the electric grid. In some cases, members of the community secure a portion of the array. A small-scale solar project is found on a rooftop, behind-the-meter, or on a customer’s site. These arrays are typically located on the distribution system at or near a customer’s site of electricity consumption.1
Madison, Maine goes solarMadison Electric Works (MEW) is a municipality-owned utility in Madison, Maine, who decided that solar energy was the future of its community. MEW purchased 100% of their power generated through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with IGS Solar. This agreement allows MEW to use on-site generated electricity, while helping to control energy costs for their customers. MEW will also have the opportunity to purchase the system at the end of the 25-year PPA term. This system is built on 20+ acres of land and uses over 16,000 330W panels. It is sized at 4.6 MW, which is large enough to power roughly 700 homes, meeting approximately 20% of MEW’s annual needs.
What is a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)?A PPA is a third-party ownership model that gives customers the benefit and peace of mind that comes with a long-term rate that’s locked in for the duration of the term. IGS Solar owns, operates, and maintains the solar array.
Interested in a solar solution?When you enlist us as your solar partner, we’ll work with you to design a solar energy system that maximizes your savings potential and ensures long-term value. You can rely on us to expertly lead you through every step of the process with complete transparency.