BELD Community Solar offers you the opportunity to support clean power in Braintree without the cost and hassle of putting equipment on your own house. We’ve installed 2,100 solar panels on the roof of Braintree High School and—in an average month—they produce more than 70,000 kilowatt hours (kWh). The power generated by this 660 kilowatt solar array is available on a limited basis to Braintree residents.
Depending on prior billing history, BELD customers may lease up to 10 panels. Each month, we’ll meter the output of the full array. The total will vary depending on how much sunlight was available during the billing period. Customers choosing to take part in the program will receive a percentage of the generation, based on the production associated with their leased panels.
The electricity generated by the array will be priced at 15 cents per kWh, slightly higher than our standard rate of 13.8 cents/kWh. In an average month, the addition to the bill for a customer leasing 10 panels would be approximately $3.80. However, the solar rate will be locked in until 2026. If our rates do increase, the cost of the kWh produced by the panels will not go up during that time. We ask that you commit to for 10 years, but there is no penalty for opting out.
Each customer who enrolls in the program will be billed on the 23rd of the month. You may receive a bill for a slightly shorter (or longer) amount of time to get you on the same cycle as other Community Solar participants. The amount of solar electricity produced in any given month will be clearly listed on your monthly bill.
Now as much as 75% of your average yearly usage can come from power generated by the sun. Joining BELD Community Solar is by far the easiest way to harness green energy in Braintree. Even if you can’t (or don’t want to) put panels on your roof, you can still benefit from many advantages of solar power. To sign up, call the BELD Energy Advisor, at 781.348.1032 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. We look forward to hearing from you!
BGreen program participants: Thank you! With your help, we were able to install these solar panels on the high school. As a result, we can now transition to this community solar program, which allows our customers the chance to take advantage of the “green” electricity produced there. We phased out the BGreen program as of November 1, 2016. We hope you’ll consider enrolling in BELD Community Solar as we continue to promote clean, renewable power in Braintree.