Engie is to collaborate with a US community solar firm on a portfolio of 16 installations in the state of Massachusetts.

The Clean Energy Collective (CEC) has already built the projects, which total 22.1 MW and will be jointly owned and operated with Engie.

The partnership will leverage CEC’s experience in developing and operating community solar projects and Engie’s experience in retail energy services, the firms said. The solar power will be available to residential, commercial and municipal energy consumers across the state.

Engie’s participation “further demonstrates its confidence in community solar as a model poised for exponential growth”, the companies added.

Vikram Kulkarni, vice-president of solar with Engie Resources, said: “This collaborative project adds valuable renewable energy to the grid while allowing our customers, including businesses, non-profits, public entities, residents and even renters to ‘go green’ and save money with nothing on their roof or property.”