Kearsarge Concord (Concord, MA)
The Town of Concord, Massachusetts, and its Municipal Light Department are leaders in establishing aggressive renewable energy goals for their community. In support of these goals, Kearsarge was awarded the right to develop the Town’s closed and capped municipal landfill as a Solar Farm. Kearsarge has managed the design, permitting, and financing of the project, and will own and operate a ballasted, ground-mounted, 1.7 MW DC installation. Forging another strong public-private partnership with the Town, the Light Department, and many local stakeholders, Kearsarge worked to maximize the output and design of the project while observing a complex set of permitting constraints and site conditions. Power is sold to the Light Department under an advantageous long-term fixed price energy supply agreement while the Town has tapped the potential of its former solid waste landfill, securing tax and lease revenue. Thus, the entire community will profit from the environmental and economic benefits brought about by clean solar energy, avoided emissions, transmission and distribution loss savings, and peak demand reductions. Commercial Operations began April 2014.