Mt. Tom Solar LLC, a subsidiary of ENGIE North America, has started building a 5.76 MW solar farm on the property of the former coal-fired Mt. Tom Power Station in Holyoke, Mass.
Beginning in January 2017, Mt. Tom Solar LLC will sell renewable energy from the solar facility to Holyoke Gas & Electric pursuant to a power purchase agreement, which will benefit Holyoke residents. The solar farm will consist of more than 17,000 panels on about 22 acres, and represents the beneficial utilization of the property of the coal-fired Mt. Tom Power Station, which was operated by an affiliate of Mt. Tom Solar LLC and retired in 2014.
“HG&E is pleased to work with ENGIE on this project which, through the power purchase agreement, expands our portfolio of low-cost renewable energy and helps us maintain some of the lowest electric rates in the region,” said James M. Lavelle, manager of Holyoke Gas & Electric.
“For ENGIE, this project brings the concept of ‘Reduce, Recycle, Reuse’ to life,” said ENGIE North America President and CEO Frank Demaille. “It’s a unique opportunity to transform this property from a coal plant to a solar farm to serve the local community, and we’re grateful to Holyoke Gas & Electric, the citizens and City of Holyoke, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for their support as we create a new era for this property.”