“The Agawam Solar project provides HP Hood with a competitive advantage through lower cost power.”
- Mike Suever, Senior Vice President, HP Hood
The Agawam Solar Project is located on 10 acres of a capped and closed landfill built up on the site of a former driving range in Agawam, Mass.
The Main Street array, operational since 2013, has an installed capacity of 1.8 megawatts.
The project’s 2 million kilowatts hours of clean electricity, enough to power about 200 homes in New England, are sold to an HP Hood dairy processing plant abutting the installation. The partnership makes the energy-intensive Hood plant more competitive in today’s challenging business environment while providing new tax revenue to Agawam.
It also prevents the release of over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from non-renewable power plants.
The installation is comprised of 7,254 Hyundai solar panels, three Solectria SGI 500 inverters, and a Schletter ballasted racking system. Because this project is located on top of a landfill, all equipment and wiring were installed above-grade in order to prevent any disturbance of the landfill cap.
|Developer, Owner and Operator||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Electrical Contractor||Fischbach & Moore, Boston. Mass.|
|Civil Contractor||A.J. Virgilio Construction Inc.|
|Permitting Support||Tighe and Bond, Westfield, Mass.|
|Installed Capacity||1.8 MW DC|
|Site Area||10 acres|
|Energy Production||2,300,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||2,000 tons per year|
|Mounting Type||Ground-Mount, ballasted|
|Racking Manufacturer||Schletter Inc.|
|Inverter Manufacturer||Solectria,Lawrence, Mass.|
|Inverter Type (Quantity)||SGI 500 (3)|
|Module Wattage||250 Watts|