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provider Eversource Energy, which is the
largest utility in the region serving New
Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
"Eversource saw an opportunity to save customers money and petitioned the department of public utilities to develop, construct
and operate 70 megawatts of solar facilities
in Massachusetts," Harrington says.
Conti Solar won the contracts to engineer, procure and construct 15 DG solar
facilities in Massachusetts that will collectively produce 44.5 MW. The facilities range
from a 1.2-MW canopy installation to a
seven MW ground mount project, with site
development ranging from 5 to 35 acres.
That's an average of five acres per megawatt. "They will be owned and operated by
Eversource, feeding distribution circuits in
Massachusetts and providing the region
with sustainable, clean solar energy," Harrington explains.
The company has extensive experience
building in the region. "Conti Solar's experience with local site, soil and climatic conditions help us to optimize the site designs
and maximize projects' green power goals,"
he states. "In the end, our success is based
on how well we helped our clients achieve
their goals. Coupled with our engineering team's expertise, our vast network of
subcontractors and vendors really allowed
us to bring very competitive pricing to the
portfolio which helped us to build all these
projects in under four months."
Building 33 MW in New England late
in the year can present a lot of challenges.
Conti Solar relies on its relationships with
subcontractors and suppliers, including
Mass. Electric Construction Co., which supported the electrical construction on nine
of the facilities. "Mass. Electric Construction's focus on safety, their DG solar facility
construction know-how and their integration into our team, really helped make the
projects a success," Harrington says.
This was especially critical since the projects
needed to be delivered by the end of 2017.
Site selection and local permitting were
completed by the client. Some of the locations were along transmission easements
and in some cases were forested areas while
the canopy projects where mainly built at
the Eversource facilities. "The management
of the site development includes land
clearing, grading, stormwater infrastruc-
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