Ameresco will design and develop a solar energy project that prioritizes environmental stewardship and responsible reuse of public land
Ameresco will install a 930-kWdc ground-mounted solar system at Hamilton, Massachusetts’s capped landfill. This project is expected to save Hamilton an estimated $287,000 in energy costs over the 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), and use otherwise undeveloped land.
“As a rural-suburban community, we deeply value sustainability and view renewable energy not only as an opportunity but as an imperative,” said Timothy J. Olson, director of public works in Hamilton. “We selected Ameresco to be our partner in this solar project because of the team’s experience and proven expertise in developing renewable energy projects for communities like ours, and in closed landfill settings.”
Ameresco was awarded the contract for Hamilton’s solar project earlier this year through the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program, a statewide incentive program that encourages the development of 1,600 MW of new solar PV technology across Massachusetts utilities. Under the agreement, Ameresco will be responsible for the design, development, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of Hamilton’s solar array.
“We have seen an uptick in both community solar and closed landfill solar projects over the last several years, due in part to incentive programs and a concerted effort to work toward sustainability and carbon reduction goals,” said David J. Anderson, executive VP and director, Ameresco. “The Town of Hamilton clearly understands the importance of environmental stewardship, and we are proud to be their partner in this endeavor.”
Construction began in May 2019, with commercial operation expected in March 2020.
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