Brightfields and SolarCity Corporation have partnered to codevelop a portfolio of community shared solar projects for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative ("CMEEC"). Once complete, the portfolio will include 20 MW-DC at eight sites throughout southern Connecticut. To deliver maximum value to CMEEC, the portfolio will include two Tesla battery storage systems, making it one of the first utility scale solar plus storage installations in the nation. The two battery systems will have an aggregate capacity of 1.5 MW and provide up to 6 MWh of electricity, enabling CMEEC to remotely dispatch stored solar energy for optimal grid performance. The partnership has enabled the cooperative to create a more robust, resilient electric gird and incorporate renewable energy generation into its portfolio to better serve its customers' needs and demands.
The CMEEC PV portfolio repurposes dormant properties including a municipal waste landfill, solid waste landfill, proposed rock quarry and former cornfield as locally-sourced clean energy assets, while providing financial benefits to private and municipal landowners. Brightfields has worked with State and local agencies as well as local host utilities throughout the development process to design, permit, construct and interconnect the projects. The individual sites are in various stages of construction or permitting and projects expected to be completed by December 2016.