Washington Gas Energy Systems has completed a 434 kW solar array it developed for the Town of Brookfield, Mass. Washington Gas Energy Systems will own and operate the array under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The ground-mounted solar array incorporates 1,846 solar panels on a capped landfill covering approximately three acres. The system is expected to produce more than 500 MWh of electricity each year. The array will help power many Brookfield government functions, including schools, street lighting and the town hall.
‘Brookfield may be one of the oldest towns in the commonwealth, but it does not rest on its historical laurels,’ says Rudy Heller, chair of the Brookfield Solar Project Committee. ‘With its partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems in setting up this solar farm that will satisfy the municipality's electricity needs for the next 20 years, the Town is leapfrogging into the 21st century. The town is not only reducing its carbon footprint, but we have added a guaranteed revenue stream to our budgetary process.’