The project is co-owned by Canadian Solar and INDU Solar Holdings, a joint venture between subsidiaries of Duke Energy and of Integrys Energy Services.

The power generated from the plant will be sold to Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) under a 25-year agreement.

TMLP general manager Michael Horrigan said, "Environmentally speaking, it’s absolutely the right thing to do; it will avoid approximately 1,500 tons of global warming carbon dioxide emissions annually."

"Our customers will benefit from the project by purchasing power at competitive rates and by the savings in transmission, line losses and generation costs with the reduction in TMLP load at or near peak times," Horrigan added.

Canadian Solar chairman and CEO Shawn Qu said, "As part of a strong partnership, we were able to efficiently move this project from permitting through construction. This further demonstrates how we can help streamline ease of ownership for customers and municipalities considering partnering with us on their own solar energy projects."