Twenty-six projects were awarded portions of $20 million to develop Massachusetts energy storage market. The grants, benefitting projects in 25 communities in the commonwealth, are part of the Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement during an event at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital, which will use funding received under the grant program to integrate a 400-kilowatt solar canopy and energy storage system. “Funding these storage projects is an investment in our energy portfolio that will reduce costs for ratepayers and help create a clean and resilient energy future,” said Baker. The ESI aims to make Massachusetts a national leader in energy storage. The first phase of the ESI, the State of Charge study released in September 2016, identified hundreds of millions of dollars of potential ratepayer benefits from the deployment of energy storage in Massachusetts. The program is funded by funded by the Department of Energy Resources through Alternative Compliance Payments and administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.