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Local Clean Energy Projects

Clean energy developments and progress is made everyday is Western Massachusetts. The following is a summery of recent large-scale work in this industry. 

  • Bioenergy-Ameresco Inc. developed a landfill gas plant in Chicopee to tap into 5.7 megawatts of clean, renewable energy (enough to power 3,760 homes. Using metrics developed by the US EPA, the project's impact on CO emissions is equivalent to taking 50,160 cars off the road.
  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort has built an I.S-megawatt GE wind turbine to provide 33% of the ski resort's energy demands, (the first of it's kind in North America.)
  • Berkshire Biodiesel LLC is building a biodiesel production facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which will be one of the first large-scale biodiesel production facilities in the Northeast.
  • A renewable-energy industrial center is planned for the Berkshires. Including a $100- to 17S-million facilities that could utilize a "fluidized bed combustion process" to burn raw wood surplus and byproducts to power a steam turbine. The 30- or SO-megawatt capacity plant would produce up to 352.187 megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power 44.000 homes for a year.
  • WMECO has pioneered the first-ever Solar Avenue program in Western Massachusetts, helping customers across the region take advantage of the power of the sun.
  • The Technology Park in Springfield has been outfitted with one of the largest rooftop solar electric systems in Massachusetts. WMECO, Appleton Corporation and Springfield Technical Community College Assistance Corporation joined forces with Berkshire Photovoltaic Services to install the 30-kW system of 108 separate solar panels that generates more than 36,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.