Massachusetts adding massive solar farm, as state turns even greener

Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 08:05 AM
posted by rene5432

Massachusetts has a long-standing reputation as a green state, which has only been enhanced by large-scale projects like Cape Wind. The Boston Globe reports that one of these big new projects has largely escaped notice, though.

The Westford Solar Park, in the small town to the northwest of Boston, spans 22 acres of the 100-year-old Fletcher Quarry. The 14,000 solar panels that are in the process of being installed will eventually be able to produce as much 4.5 megawatts of renewable electricity, or enough for more than 600 homes.

"Mouths dropped," Cali Johnston, an 11-year-old who visited the solar park with her class, told the Globe. "We were amazed at how huge it was. As far as the eye could see, there were panels. I knew it was going to be a giant site but when I saw it, it was so much bigger than I had ever imagined. It was incredible."

Yet, despite its massive size, the site is actually nestled away along back roads and, to an extent, difficult to find. Governor Deval Patrick explained at the plant's opening that this project could spur others to make similar investments.

Nearby in Newton, the Taunton Gazette reports that the town has arranged to purchase all of its electricity from green energy, the first such city in all of Massachusetts.

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