US: WMECo to install 4.2 MWs in Springfield

The project, which will be located on a capped landfill, is the second solar undertaking for the company. Local permitting for the project is underway and construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of this year.

Around 17,000 solar panels will be installed on the facility, which is expected to bring USD$22 million of construction to the region and contribute several hundred thousand dollars of annual property tax revenue to Springfield. Upon completion, it will reportedly join WMECo’s Silver Lake Solar Facility as two of the largest in the region.

"The Springfield facility continues to build on the experience we gained in developing our recently completed project in Pittsfield. Our approach enables us to deliver large scale solar at a level of cost effectiveness that no one would have thought possible a few short years ago," comments Peter Clarke, WMECo president and chief operating officer.

He adds: "Our solar program helps stimulate development of large scale solar facilities and the demand for regional construction and engineering services. Our use of a capped landfill creates a new and viable use for an otherwise challenged property within our home city."