BOULDER - Clean Energy Collective, a Boulder-based developer of solar projects, selected Louisville-based RGS Energy Inc. as general contractor for the construction of the first community-owned solar facilities located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Community solar arrays, sometimes referred to as a solar farm or solar garden - are centralized photovoltaic power facilities that deliver commercial-scale renewable energy to the electric utility grid. The distributed generation model pioneered by CEC allows any customer in a participating utility territory, including renters, those with shaded roofs or people with modest incomes, the opportunity to own panels in a shared solar PV facility.

RGS Energy (Nasdaq: RGSE), a solar-energy company that offers its services to residential, commercial and utility customers, will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for two large solar arrays of nearly 1 megawatt each that will be owned and operated by Clean Energy.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

One array will be located in Hadley, Mass. and serve customers of Western Massachusetts Electric Co. The other will be deployed in Rehoboth, Mass. to serve National Grid customers. Construction has already begun on the two sites, with interconnection planned for the end of June.