Main Street Power, MS Solar Solutions complete 2.5MW 'conversion' project

New solar energy facility sits on a former brownfield site in Stow, Massachusetts.

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. 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 US 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. 
Key partners included project developers Syncarpha Solar LLC and Renewable Energy Massachusetts LLC, or REM, which led the site identification and lease negotiations with the property owner, permitting efforts with the Town of Stow, and energy contracting with HLPD.

"EPA-monitored brownfield sites are perfect fits for solar, transforming virtually un-useable land into a clean power generator," said Cliff Chapman, managing partner at Syncarpha Solar. "The property owner, the Town of Stow and the local utility will all benefit from both the power and revenues generated by the project.”

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