The Chicopee Solar project in Chicopee, Massaschusetts, is located on an unused tract of land set aside by the parish of Saint Stanislaus Basilica for a cemetery.
The historic Roman Catholic parish, founded in the 1880s to serve the Pioneer Valley’s growing Polish population, decided to put the land to more productive use by erecting a solar array on the 23-acre property.
The 3.9-megawatt (MW) project uses inverters from a local manufacturer, Solectria Renewables from Lawrence, Massachusetts, to convert direct current power produced by the sun into alternating current electricity and feed it onto the grid.
A municipal utility owned by the ratepayers busy the green power, providing the environmental benefits of solar energy and low-cost power to all of the utility’s residential and commercial customers.
|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||3.9 MW DC|
|Jobs Created||55 during construction|
|Site Area||23 acres|
|Energy Production||5,000,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||4,000 tons per year|
|Mounting Type||Ground-Mount, ballasted|
|Racking Manufacturer||RBI Solar|
|Inverter Type||CGI 500-PE|
|Module Manufacturer||JA Solar|
|Module Wattage||300/305 Watts|