The ground-mounted, fixed tilt solar photovoltaic project is located on approximately 26 acres of privately owned land at the former Shirley Airport, 50 miles northwest of Boston. The power generated will be delivered to the town of Billerica, Massachusetts, under a long-term power purchase agreement, pursuant to the State’s Virtual Net Metering Credits Program.
M+W U.S. will perform the engineering, procurement and construction activities, while EDF will own and operate the project. The commercial operations date is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
“We extend our gratitude to the town officials of Lancaster, Shirley and Billerica for their strong support for the project, and we look forward to continue to work closely to deliver clean solar power at a time when communities are seeking cost-effective energy solutions that reduce greenhouse gases,” said Nader Jandaghi, director of commercial Solar for EDF. “The Lancaster solar project adds to the company’s 300+MWp development portfolio of both distributed generation and utility-scale solar projects across North America and will deliver cost-competitive renewable energy and economic benefits to the host communities.”
Through an integrated approach, M+W U.S. will contract with Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation (GSAC) to execute the implementation of the project. M+W acquired GSAC in August of last year. Similar to the initial 6 MW "Lepomis" project between M+W and EDF, this lateset collaboration will use the same project team in the deployment.