The Chicopee River Solar project was constructed on a capped landfill owned by the Westmass Area Development Corporation, a regional, not-for-profit with the mission of promoting business growth in Western Massachusetts.
The landfill, located in the Chicopee River Business Park in the city of Springfield, is closed in by a highway and had little prospect of development potential. Moreover, Eversource, the utility serving the city, had no access to the site.
Citizens Energy worked with Chicopee Electric & Light Department and Eversource to sort through jurisdictional challenges and connect the array to the grid.
The 2.6-megawatt (MW) project generates enough electricity to power over 250 homes and displace over 2,500 tons of carbon emissions from the atmosphere annually.
|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||2.6 MW DC|
|Jobs Created||55 during construction|
|Site Area||13 acres|
|Energy Production||3,400,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||3,000 tons per year|
|Mounting Type||Ground-Mount, ballasted|
|Inverter Type||Sunny Central 500CP-US|
|Module Manufacturer||JA Solar|
|Module Wattage||310/315 Watts|