Report finds small-scale solar has saved New Englanders greater than $1.1 billion over six years

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Report finds small-scale solar has saved New Englanders more than $1.1 billion over six years

Newly available data shows the tremendous benefits of distributed solar energy for all utility customers across New England. From 2014 to 2019, small solar panels in New England saved utility companies and their customers more than $ 1.1 billion, according to a report by Synapse Economics. These savings have not only been made by those who own solar panels, but also by those who rely on a utility company for their electricity.

In July 2020, the regional grid operator ISO New England published detailed data for the first time on the amount of electricity generated every hour by thousands of small local solar systems in the region. Analyzing this data, it appears that a new report by Synapse Economics shows that local renewable energy sources produce 8,600 GWh of electricity, enough electricity to power more than 1 million New England homes each year.

The new report also shows how much money local solar energy saves by reducing the overall pollution associated with our electricity consumption. From 2014 to 2019, the clean electricity generated by the region’s small solar resources reduced climate pollution by 4.6 million tons. This corresponds to an annual shutdown of 1 million cars.

In addition to reducing climate pollution, local sun exposure also prevented the release of six million pounds of noxious sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates. Avoiding the release of these pollutants resulted in public health savings of $ 87 million.

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