The Norton Solar project is located on the town of Norton’s capped and closed municipal landfill, which had not been providing any benefit to the town, instead requiring on-going maintenance and liability, costing the town time and money. The town of Norton recognized the fiscally responsible opportunity to go solar and turn the landfill from an environmental and cost liability, into an environmental asset and revenue generator. The town selected Citizens through a competitive public bid process.
The 2.0-megawatt (MW) installation is comprised of 5,882 LG solar panels, two Solectria SGI XTM 750kW inverters, and a GameChange ground-mount, ballasted racking system. Completed in December 2016, the facility produces over 2.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, enough to power approximately 280 homes in New England and prevent the annual release of over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide from non-renewable power plants.
|Owner and Operator||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Developer||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Electrical Contractor||Fischbach & Moore, Boston, Mass.|
|Permitting Support||Tighe and Bond, Westfield, Mass.|
|Installed Capacity||2.0 MW DC|
|Jobs Created||50 during construction|
|Site Area||9 acres|
|Energy Production||2,820,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||2,000 tons per year|
|Mounting Type||Ground-Mount, ballasted|
|Inverter Type||SGI XTM 750kW|
|Module Wattage||340 Watts|