The town of Marshfield, Mass., is celebrating its 4 MW solar array in a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 12 with representatives from Washington Gas Energy Systems Inc., developer AMSOLAR, builder SunDurance Energy and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate the array under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The ground-mounted solar array is built on a capped landfill and consists of 13,518 panels covering 13 acres. The MassDEP is a strong proponent of developing municipal solar projects on capped landfills and other brownfield sites.
‘The Marshfield Board of Selectmen are very proud of this partnership, and have worked intimately at every stage of the process, including with the town meeting voters,’ says Steve Robbins, chair of the Marshfield Board of Selectmen. ‘The project was supported overwhelmingly at the town meeting and will provide great financial opportunities for the town.’
Developers say securing the early support of the local town government is essential for municipal solar power projects.