‘Community solar’ is a hot business

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Interest in solar energy is booming in Massachusetts, and it’s no different in Lunenburg.

At a recent Board of Selectmen’s meeting, representatives from Nexamp, a solar-energy provider, discussed a proposed community-solar project that would involve the development of a 500-kilowatt solar farm on Fisher Road in Fitchburg.

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For this, Nexamp would treat Lunenburg as an “anchor tenant,” meaning that half of the electricity generated through net-metering credits would benefit the town, representatives said.

Ratepayers would have a 15 percent discount on every bill, they said.

At that time, Nexamp needed about 50 more people to sign up, and, according to Joseph Fiori, a Nexamp sales associate, they’ve been “inundated with requests from the community to join the program.”

Ideally, they’d like for everyone to join, but the number of customers needed will be met, and soon, he said.

The company is hoping it will have another project soon that it will be able offer to the community, he said.

“That’s kind of a wait-and-see,” he said.

Community solar is not like the panels you’d see on a roof, Fiori said. Both are “great investments,” but they’re different.

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John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer, digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, totalling over $25 million - with their sizes ranging from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain – as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier, climbs mountains, played football, enjoys an IPA or scotch, needs to get away, and really loves this strange connection between politics, energy, finance, environment, etc in the energy world, and likes run on sentences.