Deerfield picks solar farm firm

DEERFIELD — The town has picked American Capital Energy of Lowell to install a 2-megawatt solar farm at the former landfill near the trash transfer station.

The Energy Committee recommended the company, which it believed had extensive experience on constructing arrays on landfills similar to the town’s Lee Road site.

American Capital Energy proposed a ground mounted solar array with an expected annual energy output of 2,385,772 kilowatt hours to power municipal buildings. The price for electricity would be 5.25 cents per kilowatt hours.

The proposal would be for a 20-year lease at the capped landfill at the 20-acre property on Lee Road.

To assist with the negotiations, the town will hire Beth Greenblatt, a Boston-based solar consultant, for up to $3,000. Greenblatt, of Beacon Integrated Solutions, worked with the Sunderland Board of Selectmen in their negotiations to put solar arrays at the elementary school and public safety complex.

The town will also ask Hampshire Solar, a renewable energy program for municipalities developed by the Hampshire Council of Governments, for a net metering proposal for the town to also consider.

Competing for the Deerfield solar array was Broadway Electrical Company Inc., a 75-year-old Boston business. Broadway proposed a 1.8-megawatt system to produce 2,295,185 kilowatt hours in its first year. It proposed an energy price of 9.41 cents per kilowatt hour with an increase of 2 percent per year.

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