MMWEC provides its members with a range of services to help them develop and manage solar energy resources in their communities. MMWEC helps its member utilities capture the benefits of the state’s SREC (Solar Renewable Energy Certificate) program by assisting members with project registration, verification and other requirements.
A school rooftop solar project of the Shrewsbury Electric & Cable Operations.
MMWEC serves as a state-approved aggregator for the SRECs generated by projects in municipal utility communities. An SREC is created for every megawatt hour of electricity produced by a solar project or an aggregation of solar projects. SRECs are sold separate from the electricity they produce. As a non-profit, MMWEC trades and sells the SRECs in bulk at cost. There are nearly 120 solar projects in the MMWEC Solar Aggregate, with a capacity of more than 2.5 megawatts.
As the aggregator, MMWEC registers PV systems in Member territories into the state’s production tracking system, ensuring that meters are properly calculating production and that solar PV project owners receive proper payment.
Today, solar projects with a capacity of more than 25 megawatts are located in the 20 MMWEC Member service territories, with another 20 megawatts under development in those communities. MMWEC can assist its members in dealing with development of larger projects, identifying power purchase contract, power portfolio and implications of such projects.
HELPS Solar PV Program
The HELPS (Home Energy Loss Prevention Services) program, established and operated by MMWEC, provides solar PV services to its participants. Each HELPS energy audit includes a solar assessment for homeowners considering solar, and Member utilities can provide rebates and other incentives through the HELPS program.