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National Grid Increasing Solar Energy Sites

National Grid is planning to expand its solar energy capacity.

The Boston Globe reports the utility is announcing Monday it will install solar panels at 19 sites that would produce enough electricity for about 3,200 homes a year.

Ed White, National Grid's vice president of environmental and customer strategy, says it is "thrilled" about the $75 million project expected to be completed by June.

The project will give National Grid 24 solar facilities with a total capacity of 21 megawatts. They will be in Abington, Attleboro, Ayer, Brockton, Charlton, Dighton, Fall River, Grafton, Leicester, Millbury, Shirley, and Sturbridge. National Grid has small solar facilities across the state generating a combined 5 megawatts.

Northeast Utilities, parent of NStar and Western Massachusetts Electric, has three facilities in western Massachusetts with a generation capacity of 8 megawatts.

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