Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., has flipped the switch on Westford Solar Park, a 4.5 MW solar plant in Westford, Mass.
According to developers Cathartes Private Investments and Nexamp, this is the largest privately owned solar power facility in New England. The project, which features more than 14,000 panels, is situated on 22 acres near Route 3. It is expected to generate 150 GWh of energy over its lifetime.
Cathartes served as Westford Solar Park's lead developer. Nexamp, in addition to being an equity partner, was the primary development consultant and builder of the project and will operate the facility. The park's utility partner, developers, financiers, operators and end users are all Massachusetts companies, Cathartes and Nexamp note.
National Grid has connected Westford Solar Park to the company's distribution system, purchasing the energy through the state's net-metering law. Cathartes receives solar renewable energy certificates, which it will sell to utilities and other energy suppliers that are required to purchase them under Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard.