The Saint Stanislaus Solar Project in Chicopee, Mass., 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 project uses inverters from a local manufacturer, Solectria Renewables from Lawrence, Mass., to convert direct current power produced by the sun into alternating current electricity and feed it onto the grid.
Chicopee Electric & Light, a municipal utility owned by the ratepayers, buys the green power, which is enough to power over 400 homes and displace over 4,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.
|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||3.9 MW DC|
|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 Manufacturer||Solectria, Lawrence, Mass.|
|Inverter Type (Quantity)||CGI 500-PE (6)|
|Module Wattage||300/305 Watts|