Massachusetts, United States — Axio Power Inc. will develop a 2-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic facility on a closed municipal landfill in the Town of Greenfield, Massachusetts. The Greenfield Solar Farm is a ground-mounted solar power project.
Axio Power has executed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Town of Greenfield for the supply of renewable solar energy from the Greenfield Solar Farm at a low, fixed price of power over 30 years, as well as a long-term lease on the closed landfill site.
The Greenfield Solar Farm will annually generate approximately 2,400,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of power, representing 45% of the electricity used by all town-owned buildings, including the schools. Construction is scheduled to begin in late fall and will create approximately 50 local jobs.
“Axio is excited about the newly established regulatory market for solar in Massachusetts and commends the State for implementing policies that encourage a diverse portfolio of renewable energy resources in Massachusetts,” said Bill Jordan, project developer for the Greenfield solar project. “We applaud the Town of Greenfield for taking on this momentous initiative and hope that Greenfield will be the first of many municipalities to take advantage of the incentives in place for developing solar projects. Axio appreciates the easy teamwork we have achieved with the Town to date, and we anticipate such close collaboration to continue through the life of the project. ”
The use of landfill and other “brownfield” or industrial sites for solar development is a growing trend across the United States, as communities explore the use of more marginal lands in lieu of other open spaces such as agricultural lands or, in the Western US, pristine desert.