ARKANSAS, Oct 8 (Future Headlines)- Standard Solar, a leader in the development and operation of commercial and community solar assets, has completed a 4-megawatt (MW) solar array at the Woburn EPA Superfund site in Massachusetts. The project, acquired from developer partner ECA Solar, is divided into two arrays, with Phase I (3.35 MW) already complete and Phase II (0.866 MW) expected to be finished by year-end. Together, these arrays are projected to produce approximately 5,200 megawatt-hours of energy annually.
The completion of this solar project at the Woburn EPA Superfund site in Massachusetts will significantly offset electricity costs for the City of Somerville and advance its climate action goals. Phase I of the project is already complete, generating 3.35 MW of electricity, while Phase II (0.866 MW) is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The combined output from both phases is equivalent to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions produced by 823 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for a year, providing electricity for 720 homes for one year, and charging 449,822,970 smartphones. This project is part of California’s commitment to achieving a carbon-free energy grid by 2045, making it essential to explore various sustainable energy resources.
The project’s completion was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by key figures such as Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and David Cash, Regional Administrator of the EPA. ECA Solar, a leader in commercial-scale solar development based in Massachusetts, played a crucial role in the project’s development.
Harry Benson, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar: “Standard Solar is honored to be a part of this transformative journey and is committed to bringing clean and sustainable energy to the heart of Massachusetts.”
Todd Fryatt, Founder and CEO of ECA Solar: “We’re proud of the work we have accomplished at Industri-Plex together and are excited to see this project completed, bringing forward a bright future for this site and this community.”
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne: “For our community, this is more than just a cost savings; it’s an important step forward in our goal to be carbon net negative by 2050.”
The Industri-Plex, spanning 245 acres, was once ranked as the fifth-most polluted site in the nation but is now being revitalized as a symbol of positive change. Standard Solar’s partnership with ECA Solar in this project demonstrates its commitment to sustainable energy development, supporting local communities, and advancing the adoption of clean energy solutions. This project marks Standard Solar’s sixth project in Massachusetts.
Standard Solar, a Brookfield Renewable company, specializes in the development, funding, and operation of commercial and community solar assets. With nearly two decades of experience and significant investment capital, the company owns and operates more than 300 megawatts of solar across the United States, making it a national leader in the field. Standard Solar’s goal is to deliver the benefits of solar and solar + storage to businesses, governments, communities, utilities, and more.
ECA Solar focuses on developing, engineering, installing, and operating large-scale solar facilities across the United States. The company follows an institutional approach to the solar energy industry, deploying high-quality solar power and energy storage projects to diversify the electric grid while prioritizing safety and risk aversion. ECA Solar values diversity and creativity in its mission to make solar energy accessible to a wide range of stakeholders. The company has developed numerous ground-mounted and rooftop solar projects across seven states.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White