Data Center firm signs Community Solar PPA with Borrego in Massachusetts

Jan. 21, 2022
Markley Group will purchase 50% of the power from community solar projects in the Eversource utility territory

Data center provider Markley Group has signed a community solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar EPC Borrego for the large-scale renewable energy projects in the U.S. 

Markley will buy half of the power from 80 MW of community solar projects in the Eversource utility territory, developed by Borrego.

The agreement is part of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The SMART program is designed to create a long-term sustainable solar incentive program.

Markley Group Executive Vice President Jeffrey Flanagan said, “At Markley, we are continuously evaluating how we can minimize our impact on the environment to better serve our customers. Partnering with Borrego allows us to offset our electricity use from 10 solar projects and further support the development of solar energy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

“Data centers are large energy users but don’t often have space on-site for a large enough solar system to offset their use. Markley’s ability to reduce their energy costs and enhance their sustainability efforts through community solar is a relatively novel approach,” said Jared Connell, Borrego vice president of development, New England. “These projects will help accelerate the growth of solar energy in Massachusetts, while also demonstrating the value of renewables to the tech sector in creative ways.”

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