Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a community solar solutions provider, has announced a deal with Delaware North, owner and operator of TD Garden, to reduce the electricity costs of New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena through community solar. TD Garden is serving as an anchor tenant in CEC’s 1.3 MW community shared solar PV facility located Holliston, Mass. Participating in the community solar array is expected to save Delaware North approximately $375,000 in utility costs over the term of the agreement. The deal also includes a marketing arrangement that will promote community solar to event fans and attendees.
The agreement proved ideal for TD Garden since putting a solar system on the roof was not practical or cost-effective. Through CEC’s RooflessSolar™ program, TD Garden instead subscribed to a portion of the energy produced at the Holliston Community Solar Array, connected directly to the Eversource electric grid 40 miles to the west, and receives the associated monetary credits directly on its utility bills.
Small and medium-size commercial and industrial energy users, often those with multiple locations, are increasingly turning to community solar as an efficient way to gain greater control over their energy costs and meet environmental goals. The simplicity and flexibility of the model has helped make the Commonwealth a national leader in solar energy, saving electricity customers and taxpayers thousands of dollars annually. Clean Energy Collective is deploying a portfolio of community shared solar projects across the Commonwealth, with 31 facilities operating or nearing completion.
Through a separate marketing agreement, Clean Energy Collective is recognized as the “exclusive solar energy partner of TD Garden,” with advertising and promotional components to share the message of community solar to event fans and attendees.