Qcells, Onyx Partnering on Community Solar and BESS Projects in Massachusetts

Feb. 9, 2024
The project led by Onyx will comprise 6.2 MW of solar and 5.5 MWh of battery energy storage capacity. Qcells will provide 3.3 MW of the solar power and all of the storage installation.

Energy transition project developers Onyx Renewable Partners and Qcells North America are going to collaborate on two community solar projects combining battery storage in Massachusetts.

The project led by Onyx will comprise 6.2 MW of solar and 5.5 MWh of battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity. Qcells will provide 3.3 MW of the solar power and all of the storage installation.

Community solar offers a clean energy alternative to subscribers who cannot afford or do not want on-site and rooftop solar. The combination with battery storage will increase the impact and duration of the solar energy generated.

“Together with Qcells, we’re forging a partnership to create cutting-edge solar and battery storage solutions for communities,” Angie Daoud, Onyx's Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement. “United by our shared vision for a sustainable future, we’re demonstrating that true success stems from lasting partnerships built on shared values.”

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The Massachusetts project will benefit from that state’s SMART incentive program, designed to boost solar power installation. Once operational and generated into the grid, the two projects are anticipated to offset some 3,900 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the energy-use equivalent of about 700 homes.

Qcells will deliver its direct current (DC-coupled) battery storage technology and Geli Energy Management System software. The digital controls will optimize battery charging and discharging.

“Qcells is thrilled to align with Onyx toward building a sustainable future,” Jin Han, Head of Distributed Energy at Qcells, said.

The two partners plan to eventually expand the combined project development elsewhere in the ISO-New England system, as well as California ISO, New York ISO, and beyond, the companies say.

Last year, Qcells announced it was investing about $2.5 billion to expand its solar panel production footprint at a new assembly plant in Georgia.

Meanwhile, Onyx was tapped to deliver solar power and battery storage for a project connected to the Daniel K. Akaka Hawaii State Veterans Home in Oahu.