The Brockton Brightfield, the Largest Solar Energy System in New England, to be Dedicated on Oct. 26, 2006
Largest Brightfield in the Nation Establishes Brockton as a Solar Energy Champion
What: Inauguration of the Brockton Brightfield, an environmentally remediated brownfield that now features a 425 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system designed and constructed by Global Solar Energy Inc., using SCHOTT Solar modules manufactured in nearby Billerica, Mass.
Brocktonâ€™s installation of this new brightfield (a solar energy power plant located on a brownfield) has transformed a community liability into an environmental, educational and aesthetic asset. The Brockton Brightfield will be the largest solar energy plant in New England, and the largest brightfield in the nation.
With the new brightfield, Brockton, long known as the City of Champions, establishes itself as Massachusettsâ€™ solar energy champion, with the largest installed capacity of photovoltaic solar power of any city in the commonwealth.
At the ribbon cutting and dedication event celebrating the completion of the brightfield, federal, state and local officials, solar industry experts and community leaders will provide insight and background on this unique solar energy installation and the future of renewable energy in Massachusetts.
Members of the press will also be able to
Â· Tour the site
Â· Interview speakers
Â· Visit the SCHOTT Solar PV production facility in to Billerica, Mass. where the photovoltaic (PV) solar panels used at this site were manufactured.
Who: Currently scheduled event speakers include:
Â· U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.),
Â· Mayor James E. Harrington (D) of Brockton
Â· City Council Representative Linda Balzotti (D) of Brockton
Â· Dr. Warren Leon, Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s (MTC) Renewable Energy Trust,
Â· Robert W. Varney, Regional Administrator of the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Where: Brockton, Mass. Corner of Grove St. and E. Union St.
When: Thursday, October 26, 2006 at 10:00 am
RSVP: Please confirm attendance with Jason Brown of Spector & Associates: jbrown (at) spectorandassociates (dot) net or P (212) 943-5858.
Seems this location has been in the works for over five years now.
A long- awaited green light was flipped this week on a large, half-MW solar project in Massachusetts known as the Brockton “Brightfield.” At its heart is a plan to make use of a formerly polluted EPA-designated “brownfields” site and convert it into a local solar energy power plant — said to be the largest such solar project in New England.
“It is so gratifying to see this project finally coming to fruition after five years of feasibility studies, legislative approvals, financing, and contract negotiations. This particular neighborhood truly deserves an environmentally benign development considering some of the environmental burdens it has experienced.”
— Lori Colombo, Brownfields Coordinator
Brockton Mayor James E. Harrington signed the contract with Global Solar Energy for the company to take the lead on the project. “Brockton is very fortunate to be able to redevelop an idle brownfield into a solar ‘Brightfield’ that generates emission-free solar energy,” Harrington said. “The Global Solar team gave Brockton a compelling and cost-effective proposal, and we are eager to work with them to move the project forward.”
Global Solar Energy and its partners will design, install, operate and maintain a 425 kW DCSTC [Defense Communication Station Technical Control] photovoltaic system. The system will use 1,395 ASE300 (310 kW) modules from Schott Solar, which could generate more than 535 MWh of electricity the first year. This is enough to power City Hall and a fraction of the police station load. Using clean, renewable energy reduces emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The Brockton City Council voted on March 13, to authorize the Mayor to sign the contract. The project has a budget of $3.037 million, which will be paid through $2.1 million in city funds and grant funds from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and the US Department of Energy. The project design will commence immediately — site preparation will begin in April and system installation will begin in May.
“The Renewable Energy Trust is proud to work in partnership with the city of Brockton and its new Mayor Jim Harrington to develop the largest solar installation in New England,” said Trust Director Warren Leon. “The City’s execution of this contract represents another important milestone for a project that will generate clean electricity, help educate people about the need for alternative energy sources and stand as a symbol of what is possible when leaders from the public and private sectors work together toward a cleaner energy future for Massachusetts.”
Global Solar Energy assembled a team that includes equipment manufacturers’ Schott Solar modules, Satcon Technology power conversion systems, and Fat Spaniel Technologies data acquisition systems. Landerholm Electric Company, a Brockton-based company, will perform installation, security, and operations and maintenance services. J. Derenzo Company and Coler & Colantonio will provide additional site preparation and engineering services.
Bay State Gas Company, the property owner, is contributing to the project through its clean up activities, land acquisition, and by adding attractive landscaping and fencing around the property. The company will lease the property to the City for 30 years.
“It is so gratifying to see this project finally coming to fruition after five years of feasibility studies, legislative approvals, financing, and contract negotiations,” said Brownfields Coordinator Lori Colombo. “This particular neighborhood truly deserves an environmentally benign development considering some of the environmental burdens it has experienced.”
Using electricity generated by Brockton’s Brightfield will avoid the emission of about 595,300 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. That is the equivalent of taking 45 cars off the road, or the amount of carbon dioxide that would be absorbed by planting 89 acres of trees. Brockton’s project also avoids emissions of other greenhouse gases — about 1,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide and 370 pounds of nitrogen oxide per year.