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Developers submit plans for solar array at Deerfield transfer station

— Two Massachusetts solar developers have proposed installing 2-megawatt solar arrays at the transfer station.

Broadway Electrical Company Inc., a 75-year-old Boston-based business, wants to construct a 1.8-megawatt system to power Deerfield’s town buildings. The array is expected to produce 2,295,185 kilowatt hours in its first year. The energy price would be $0.0941 per kilowatt hour with an increase of 2 percent per year.

The company is also constructing two solar arrays at the Sunderland Elementary School and Sunderland public safety complex.

American Capital Energy of Lowell, on the other hand, is proposing a 2-megawatt ground-mounted solar array with an expected annual energy output of 2,385,772 kilowatt hours. The price for electricity would be $0.0525 per kilowatt hours.

Both proposals are for 20-year leases.

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The chosen solar developer would set up a ground-mounted array on the capped landfill at the 20-acre transfer station on Lee Road. The solar array would be built at no cost to the town and would power municipal buildings.

The Hampshire Council of Goverments organized the proposals. It has worked on behalf of 20 area towns to secure proposals from three different Massachusetts solar developers.

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