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 project generates enough electricity to power over 250 homes and displace over 2,500 tons of carbon emissions from the atmosphere annually.
The power is sold to the Chicopee Electric & Light Department, a municipal utility using the discounted energy to save money for its ratepayers.
|Developer, Owner and Operator||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Electrical Contractor||Mass. Electric Company, Waltham, Mass.|
|Civil Contractor||Northern Tree Service, Palmer, 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 (Quantity)||Sunny Central 500CP-US (4)|
|Module Wattage||310/315 Watts|