6MW PV plant commences operations in Rutland, Massachusetts

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A 6MW PV plant located at the Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland, Massachusetts, has become operational, marking the completion of one of the largest solar facilities ever built in New England.

The plant, which was developed by solar solutions provider Nexamp and constructed over an eight-month period beginning in November, will generate a consistent flow of income for the Mohegan Council Boy Scouts of America as well as create savings for multiple communities.

The Boy Scouts will use the profits generated from the plant to renovate buildings, campsites and add new equipment for the group’s educational initiatives. The group will also use the facility as a teaching tool for fifth-grade science classes, technical high schools and the Boy Scouts’ STEM NOVA program.

The 19,063 panel ground-mounted plant will generate enough energy to power almost 1,000 homes and is expected to save local groups such as the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District and the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District.

Zaid Ashai, chairman and CEO of Nexamp, said: “As a Massachusetts company, Nexamp is extremely proud of this landmark project and grateful for the opportunity to work closely with these municipalities and other forward-thinking partners like the Boy Scouts. “He added, “The project exemplifies the successful public-private partnerships that can be achieved through smart policy like we see from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and Governor Patrick's administration.”

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