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REDP developed, financed and constructed a 650 kW ground mounted PV facility for a municipal water supplier in southeastern Massachusetts.  The project will generate sufficient electricity to offset all of the electrical needs of the water department, at a substantial reduction in cost from retail rates.

The project is situated on water department land designated for wellhead protection, and the site contains documented habitat for several protected species. Accordingly, our project design was developed to protect the underlying aquifer and to avoid or minimize impacts to the natural environment.  The project includes over 2,500 PV modules arranged in “four high” assemblies and mounted on a pile-supported racking system.  The row spacing, module height and driven-pile methodology were all designed to minimize or avoid habitat impacts, and to ensure that the land continues to serve as valuable aquifer recharge land.

The project is interconnected to the local NStar distribution grid in a net metering configuration, and the electricity output is net metered for the benefit of the water department.  The project generates SRECs under the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Portfolio Standard, and is expected to generate over 800,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

REDP was awarded the project after a competitive solicitation by the Wareham Fire District, and subsequently negotiated the terms of a land lease and power purchase agreement.  REDP secured all permits for the project, including land use approval from the Town of Wareham; interconnection approval from NStar; approval from the MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program; and SRPS eligibility from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

Project Details

Size/Technology: 650 kW Solar PV
Location: Wareham, MA
Host: Wareham Fire District
Offtaker: Wareham Fire District
Construction Value: $1.5 million
Status: Operational
REDP Role: Developer/Owner