Greenskies to Build Solar Array on Bay State Landfill

Press Release | West Boylston, MA
July 7, 2016

Greenskies Renewable Energy has signed an agreement to build a 2-megawatt solar array on a capped landfill in West Boylston.

The ground-mounted array will be the second largest project ever built by Greenskies, the Connecticut-based company with the largest market share of the U.S. solar industry’s commercial and industrial market sector at the close of the first quarter of 2016. The company’s largest solar project to date is the 5-megawatt solar energy plant built on a 43-acre tract of land in East Lyme, Conn., in 2014.

The West Boylston project, which will be built in partnership with the West Boylston Municipal Light Plant (WBMLP), a municipally owned and operated utility company, will cover about 5 acres of the landfill located off Route 140. It will consist of about 6,000 solar photovoltaic panels.

“Power produced by the project will be distributed to the municipal grid, resulting in a net savings of about $1.8 million for the community over the life of the array,” said Michael Daly, a business development manager at Greenskies.

“We are proud to be partnering with WBMLP on this initiative,” he said. “Light Department General Manager Jon Fitch and the West Boylston Municipal Lighting Plant Board of Commissioners have done a great job. They are innovators who are certainly aware of the need to serve the 3,500 residents and businesses of West Boylston with the most dependable and cost-effective power possible.”

The project, which has been fast-tracked by Greenskies to meet deadlines imposed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will be completed early next January.

Greenskies is the number 1-ranked solar developer in the commercial and industrial sector according to the latest U.S. PV (photovoltaic) Leaderboard, compiled quarterly by GTM Research, the solar industry’s leading research firm and data tracker. The eight-year-old company designs, builds and maintains solar photovoltaic systems for commercial and industrial clients, municipalities and government agencies, educational institutions and utilities throughout the United States.