Western Massachusetts Electric Co. (WMECo) has announced plans to develop its second large-scale solar energy facility. The selected site is a capped landfill in Springfield, Mass., that will accommodate some 17,000 solar panels, producing up to 4.2 MW of solar energy.
The project is predicted to bring $22 million of construction revenue to the region and is expected to contribute several hundred-thousand dollars of annual property tax revenue to the City of Springfield. Local permitting for the project is under way, and WMECo expects to begin construction in the second quarter of this year. Construction of the Springfield facility will complete the initial 6 MW authorization received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, WMECo notes.