FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Re: Contracts signed for Solar Farm Project
This afternoon, with Governor Deval Patrick present, Mayor William Martin and Paul Curran, Executive Vice President for Axio Green, LLC signed the documents that will lead to the creation of the largest solar installation to date in New England.
After a competitive procurement process, the Town selected Axio Green, LLC to design, develop, construct and operate of a 2.0 MW solar installation on the Town’s capped landfill off Wisdom Way. Construction of solar installations on landfills is considered to be an ideal use of such property. Axio is a privately held utility-scale solar photovoltaic project development company, founded in 2007 with operational headquarters in Orange County, CA and a regional office in Poughkeepsie, New York. Axio is a worldwide leader in the redevelopment of landfills and brownfields for solar energy use. The estimated cost to execute this project is between $8-$10 million dollars and will be at no cost to the Town of Greenfield.
The Town will purchase power from Axio for $0.01 per kwh which is a greatly reduced rate from standard electrical charges. The farm will annually generate approximately 2,400,000 kwh of power. This represents 45% of the electricity used by all town owned buildings, including the schools, and the Town anticipates it will save approximately $250,000 in electrical costs during the first full year of operation. During construction, which is scheduled to begin in late fall, the project will create approximately 50 local jobs. The Farm will also include educational opportunities by providing a web based reporting system that will allow citizens and students to view exactly how much electricity is being generated at any given time, total generation, etc using real-time web-based monitoring systems.
The signing of the contracts took place at the GCTV studio in Greenfield during the regularly scheduled “Mayor’s Memo”. The Mayor thanked the Governor for all of the Commonwealth’s determination on making the Green Communities Act a reality and for the benefits it will bring to Greenfield which was recently designated a “Green Community” by the Governor.
William Martin, Mayor
………“Axio Green has already made significant progress with the project. Preliminary plans for the project are complete and we have already met with the Dept of Environmental Protection (DEP) to discuss them. DEP regulates the use of capped landfills so the Town must file a post closure permit with DEP to be sure the project is in compliance with their regulations. DEP expects to have the permit review process completed in August. The electrical interconnection permit with Western Massachusetts Electric Co (WMECo) has already been filed and it is the Town’s hope that this permit process can also be finalized by late summer. Construction will then begin in the fall so that next spring we can invite the Governor back to Greenfield to help “flip the
Sandra Shields, DPW Director
……..“This is an exciting day for Greenfield. We have been working very hard to conserve energy in our buildings and will continue to do so with the assistance of recent grants from the Green Communities Act and the ESCO projects that will be taking place in many town buildings. Our Solar Farm marks the installation of the largest solar installation in New England and is clean, sustainable energy. We are continuing on this path with designs for roof top solar installations on two schools, Federal St Elementary and Four Corners, and the Town Yard on Wells St.