Future Solar Plant To Be Built On Landfill Site

by Green Jobs Ready on January 18, 2011

Recent news coverage in The Republican by business writer and journalist Jim Kinney indicates that the solar power company Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has initiated plans to construct “New England’s largest array of solar panels” on land that previously existed only as landfill space in Springfield, Massachusetts—another landmark event in the marked increase of the employment of former industrial properties as new footholds for ascending green industries.

The project will be subsidized by Western Massachusetts Electric Co. co-payers, who have already been paying for the company’s forays into the development of renewable and alternative energy. Sandra Ahearn, a spokeswoman for Western Massachusetts Electric Co., is quoted by Kinney as saying that those paying rates to the company to obtain their utilities already have a line item located on their monthly bills that contributes to the firm’s development of green energy technologies.

According to Kinney, when completed, the project will make use of 17,000 solar panels spread over 40 acres of the site, which contains 62 acres of space in total. The thousands of solar panels will hopefully generate 4.2 megawatts of solar energy, approximately sufficient energy to power roughly 800 nearby residences.

Domenic J. Sarno, Mayor of Springfield, has expressed pleasure with Western Massachusetts Electric Co.’s initiative, and has said that the development of the solar power plant on former landfill space abides well with other actions taken to make the city of Springfield greener. “It’s not the wave of the future, it’s here,” Kinney quotes Sarno as saying.

To read more about Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and how former landfill space can be utilized for the purposes of renewable energy, please visit: http://www.masslive.com/metrowest/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-30/1295342737240010.xml&coll=1

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