The Chicopee Elks Solar project is located on a capped and closed landfill that was serving no benefit to the Elks Club, the city, or the community. The Elks have a long history of social responsibility, so when the opportunity arose to convert the unused land into a solar array, they welcomed the project.
The landfill is nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Prior to construction, Citizens Energy and the Elks worked together to host a meeting to respond to the concerns of abutters and nearby homeowners. Citizens worked with the local municipal utility, Chicopee Electric & Light Department, to interconnect the system and with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to ensure the project’s completion with no risk of disturbing the landfill cap.
The project, which generates 2.1 megawatts (MW) of electricity, was installed with a “pour-in-place” concrete ballast racking system -- a novel approach to solar racking specifically designed for landfill applications.
The power from this facility is being sold to a local utility. In addition to the environmental benefits of solar energy, low-cost power produced by this facility will benefit all the residential and commercial customers of the utility by contributing to lower electricity rates.
|Owner and Operator||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Developer||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|General Contractor||M.A. Mortenson Company, Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Electrical Contractor||Mass Electric Company, Waltham, Mass.|
|Permitting Support||Tighe and Bond, Westfield, Mass.|
|Installed Capacity||2.1 MW DC|
|Jobs Created||55 during construction|
|Site Area||10 acres|
|Energy Production||2,700,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||2,000 tons per year|
|Mounting Type||Ground-Mount, ballasted|
|Inverter Type||Sunny Central 800CP-US|
|Module Manufacturer||JA Solar|
|Module Wattage||310 Watts|