The Scituate Board of Selectman awarded the contract to build a solar photovoltaic array atop the Town's capped landfill to Brightfields Development LLC in 2011. The 3 megawatt (MW) solar array was the second renewable energy project completed by the Town of Scituate, which also commissioned a 1.5 MW wind turbine in March of 2012.
With the commissioning of the solar project in September 2013, Scituate became the first town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be 100% powered by renewable energy.
The solar installation is comprised of over 10,000 PV modules from Canadian Solar, high efficiency inverters from Advanced Energy, and Schletter PvMax ballasted ground mount racking system. It generates approximately 3,750,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually, which is equivalent to powering nearly 331 average US homes for one year. In addition to partnering with the Town of Scituate, this solar project was made possible through partnerships with Main Street Power Company, Inc. (MSP), an owner and operator of solar assets, MS Solar Solutions Corp. (MSSS), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, Syncarpha Solar, LLC, a co-developer, AMEC, a civil and structural engineering firm, and Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., an engineering, procurement and construction firm.
Scituate Solar I received the 2014 PV America Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award, 2014 Redevelopment and Renewal Environmental Impact Award and was the subject of an EPA RE-Powering America's Land case study.
Scituate Solar I's production of clean electricity:
- Offsets 3,025 tons of CO2 annually
- Conserves 1,989,500 gallons of water annually
- Will provide the environmental benefits of planting 1,750,000 trees in its lifetime
View Scituate Solar I's clean energy production with the Scituate Solar I System Data Tracker.