Westfield, Mass., Gets New 4.8 MW Community Solar Project

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Green Street Power Partners LLC (GSPP) celebrated the completion of a 4.8 MW community solar development in the city of Westfield, Mass.

Ceremony attendees included Brian P. Sullivan, the mayor of Westfield; Westfield Gas + Electric; developing partner Terawatt Energy; turnkey engineering, procurement and construction company Swinerton Renewable Energy; and other local officials and representatives.

“Green Street Power Partners’ solar project is a great development for the citizens of Westfield, and we welcome them,” said Sullivan.

The solar system comprises 13,728 panels situated on privately owned land in Westfield. The energy generated will be sold to Westfield Gas + Electric through a 20-year power purchase agreement. The community solar program, operated only by GSPP, will run for nine years and will accommodate up to 250 Westfield residents. GSPP is accepting applications through December.

“Westfield Gas and Electric is excited to be a part of the team that moved this project from concept to completion, such as we’ve done with the three other large-scale solar arrays that exist in Westfield,” said Tony Contrino, general manager at Westfield Gas + Electric. “This facility will benefit our community with the generation of clean power and by providing low-cost energy to our ratepayers for many years to come.”

Lisa Raffin, chief investment officer of GSPP, noted that the company worked closely with the state’s Department of Energy Resources to structure a “creative community solar program that will bring economic and social benefit to the community for 20 years.”

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