MAIN STREET POWER, MS SOLAR SOLUTIONS & PARTNERS ANNOUNCE INITIATION OF 3 MW SOLAR ARRAY ON CAPPED LANDFILL IN MASSACHUSETTS
Scituate Becomes First Town In The Commonwealth To Be 100% Powered By Renewable Energy
Main Street Power Company, Inc. (Main Street Power), an owner and operator of solar assets, MS Solar Solutions Corp. (MSSS), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, project developers Syncarpha Capital and Brightfields Development, LLC. and Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., an engineering, procurement and construction firm, are partnering with the Town of Scituate to make one of Massachusetts's 328 capped landfills a source of renewable energy. In celebration of the construction start, there will be a ceremony on-site on June 18th, 2013 at 10:30am.
Construction on the project began in April of 2013 and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Comprised of 10,560 modules from Canadian Solar, the system also utilizes high efficiency inverters from Advanced Energy, and Schletter PvMax ballasted ground mount racking.
The 3 MW solar array will be the second renewable energy project completed by the Town of Scituate, which also commissioned a 1.5 MW wind turbine in March of 2012. The output from both the wind and solar installations will power 100% of the Town's buildings and operations. As part of the project, Brightfields will also be assisting school officials with the development of educational programs related to solar energy. "The Town is very pleased to have this important project underway, and we look forward to the financial, educational and environmental benefits it brings to the residents of Scituate", said Shawn Harris, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Scituate.
Syncarpha Capital acquired the project from Brightfields Development, LLC in early 2012 and has worked closely with Brightfields to complete the development and financing for this exciting project. "The Scituate project demonstrates our commitment to developing solar projects on landfills throughout the U.S., and we are excited to be apart of the Town of Scituate's ambitious renewable energy initiative", said Clifford Chapman, Managing Partner of Syncarpha Capital.
Main Street Power, the Power Purchase Agreement provider, will take ownership and maintain the array for the 20-year life of the agreement. The Scituate solar array will be the 200th system developed by MS Solar Solutions and owned by Main Street Power, and marks the first landfill project completed together. "Installing solar on a capped landfill makes sense. It is truly a triple bottom line project, creating savings for the Town, promoting the advancement the solar industry and repurposing unusable land responsibly", remarked Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Eric Hinckley of Main Street Power.
What: Scituate Becomes First Town in Commonwealth 100%
Powered By Renewables
A construction commencement celebration in Scituate, MA.
Speakers:Shawn Harris, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Town of Scituate
Kenneth L. Kimmell, Commissioner, Massachusetts DEP
Mark Sylvia, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Patricia Vinchesi, Town Administrator, Town of Scituate
John B. Hanselman, Managing Principal, Brightfields Development, LLC.
Cliff Chapman, Managing Partner, Syncarpha Capital
Lori Ribeiro, Director, Business Development, Gehrlicher Solar America Corp.
When: Tuesday June 18, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Scituate Landfill, 280 Driftway, Scituate, MA 02066 (parking at
About Main Street Power Company: Main Street Power Company, Inc. is an owner and operator of distributed generation solar projects. The company works with EPC providers and financiers to structure complete turnkey solutions with no upfront capital outlay for schools, municipalities, universities and nonprofit entities through power purchase agreements and leases. Through our ongoing relationship with MS Solar Solutions, Main Street has closed financing on and owns and operates over 40 MW's of solar projects across North America. More information available at http://www.mainstreetpower.com.
About MS Solar Solutions: MS Solar Solutions Corp. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), one of the world's leading financial institutions. MSSS focuses on helping develop and finance solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through strategic relationships with industry participants including developers, suppliers, installers, governmental agencies and the community at-large.
About Syncarpha Capital: Syncarpha Capital is a private equity firm that is dedicated to developing, owning and operating commercial and utility scale solar photovoltaic ("PV") systems throughout the US and Canada. Syncarpha uses an end-to-end approach to develop, own and operate solar plants, leveraging best of breed technology and expertise in both the finance and renewable energy fields. Syncarpha currently owns nearly 8 megawatts ("MW") of operating assets in New Jersey and Arizona and has over 200MW of projects under development in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, British Columbia and Ontario. More information available at http://www.syncarpha.com.
About Gehrlicher Solar America Corp (GSAC): Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. is the North American subsidiary of the leading international photovoltaic system integrator based in Germany, Gehrlicher Solar AG. Since 1994, Gehrlicher has developed, financed, constructed and operated over 350 MWp of projects in almost 20 countries globally. Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., specializes in the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and finance of commercial solar projects for its customers. In 2013, Gehrlicher opened an office in Boston to support its rapidly expanding New England market. Gehrlicher completed 16MW of projects in Massachusetts in 2012 and has another 62MW under construction or about to start construction in 2013. Further information available at www.gehrlicher.us.
About Brightfields Development, LLC: Brightfields develops solar energy projects on brownfield properties. For the past 25 years, the Brightfields team has built a strong reputation on successfully completing large remediation and revitalization projects and is accustomed to working with state and federal agencies, city managers, town councils and community groups at every step of the process. Each brownfield is different and Brightfields utilizes its in-house experience to devise a secure long-term solar solution that is appropriate for the site. Brightfields is currently developing projects in MA, CT, PR, NC and IL. For further information, please visit www.brightfieldsllc.com.