Nexamp, a Massachusetts firm, and Mohegan Council, Boy Scouts of America announced July 15 the start of operations of a 6-MW solar facility at the Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland, Mass.
The project – among the largest solar arrays in New England – will provide a steady source of income for the Boy Scouts as well as substantial savings for local municipalities.
“This project was made possible with the help of our adult volunteers who saw the opportunity to bring solar energy to the scouts. They found Nexamp and shepherded this initiative from great idea through to operational facility,” said Scout Executive Jeff Hotchkiss.
The Mohegan Council Boy Scouts will use the income generated from the project to maintain and improve facilities, campsites, and equipment for educational programs. Mohegan Council has also used the opportunity to use the solar facility as a teaching tool in the alternative energy modules for 5th grade science, technical high schools and Boy Scouts of America’s STEM NOVA program.
The project will produce enough electricity annually to power nearly 1,000 homes and generate long-term savings through net metering credits to the direct benefit of local municipalities, including the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District, the Dudley Charlton Regional School District, and the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District.
Nexamp developed, designed and constructed the 19,063-panel, ground-mounted array. Construction began this past November.
“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,” said Zaid Ashai, Chairman and CEO of Nexamp.