Built under the auspices of the Massachusetts Green Communities Act, this award-winning, 1.8 megawatt solar project was the first in the state for a utility company and New England’s largest when it went online in October 2010. The facility has performed exceptionally well, generating power every day since opening. In April 2011, Eversource was awarded the Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Award from the Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association, in recognition of the Silver Lake Solar facility. In June, the Environmental Business Council of New England presented Eversource with the John A.S. McGlennon Environmental Award of Corporate Leadership for the facility.
Located on a site offering ideal southern exposure, the $11 million facility consists of approximately 6,500 solar panels, producing enough power for more than 300 homes. The panels are low-profile and the property is surrounded with a decorative fence. The facility contributes approximately $220,000 of annual property tax revenues to the City of Pittsfield.
An important component of the Commonwealth’s pursuit of a clean energy future, Silver Lake is part of a growing solar cluster in the Berkshires, and is critical to meeting Massachusetts’ goal to have 250 megawatts of solar power installed by 2017.