Borrego's partner, Soltage Greenwood – a joint venture between Greenwood Energy and Soltage LLC – financed the 8,474-panel ground-mount installation, which was built on previously unmaintained city property.
Gardner will purchase all of the electricity produced by the solar plant under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Over the same time period, the city will receive over $60,000 per year in lease payments for the land in addition to state incentives based on annual generation amounts.
Since becoming a designated Massachusetts Green Community in 2011, Gardner has also installed wind energy projects at Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Correctional Institution.
Photo courtesy of Greg M. Cooper, Borrego Solar