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Two developers pitch solar installations for Deerfield transfer station

DEERFIELD — In the coming months the town will choose between two Massachusetts companies who have proposed installing a solar farm at the transfer station.

The proposals are part of an initiative by the Hampshire Council of Governments. The council has worked on behalf of 20 area towns to secure proposals from three different Massachusetts solar companies, who proposed a total of 38 photovoltaic projects.

The two companies vying for Deerfield are American Capital Energy of Lowell and Broadway Electrical of Boston. Both companies propose a 2-kilowatt solar-electric installation.

Broadway Electrical is also working on a proposal to set up two solar farms in Sunderland.

At the 20-acre transfer station on Lee Road, the solar installation will sit on top of the capped landfill. It would be a ground-mounted collector array and take up between five and six acres.

“It’s been a goal of the town to have a solar installation at the transfer station and make it work for the town,” said Town Administrator Bernie Kubiak.

Kubiak said the transfer station is ideal for a solar array. There are no wetlands, endangered species and the site is well hidden from neighbors.

At the start of the year, the town will evaluate the proposals and select one of the companies. Kubiak said the Energy Committee would take the lead on the project.

Kubiak said the town is looking for a proposal with a fixed cost over 20 years.

The companies will build the arrays at no cost to the town and it will power municipal buildings.

A solar installation is part of the town’s efforts to earn a Green Community status. Three years ago, the town leased the capped landfill for solar installation through a town meeting vote. Last year, the town passed a solar bylaw that makes any proposals subject to a site plan review by the Planning Board.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261

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