Main Street Power Co., in partnership with MS Solar Solutions Corp., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, completed a 2.5MW solar project on a brownfield site in Stow, Mass.
The conversion of the Massachusetts DEP-monitored brownfield site into a productive, energy-generating resource supports the state’s solar siting priorities while keeping energy costs low for local residents.
The solar facility is located on a leased 12-acre parcel of land and was constructed in less than four months by solar EPC firm Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. (No. 19 on the Solar Power World Top 250 Solar Contractors list). Gehrlicher maintains an active sales and engineering office in Boston and uses local labor for its projects in Massachusetts. The project is owned and operated by Main Street Power.
During the first year of operation, the 8,769-panel facility is expected to generate enough energy to offset the annual electricity use of 300 typical U.S. residences. The local utility, Hudson Light & Power Department (HLPD), signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Main Street Power to purchase 100% of the generated energy at a favorable rate that allows HLPD to maintain long-term, attractive energy rates for their service area.
Project developers Syncarpha Solar and Renewable Energy Massachusetts led the site identification and lease negotiations with the property owner, permitting efforts with Stow, and energy contracting with HLPD.