Conti Solar’s Willow Hill Outperforms Output Projections

Conti Solar’s Willow Hill Outperforms Output Projections

August 07 2017

In Mid-April, Greenwood Energy Solar Holdings activated its landfill array. After three months, the facility is exceeding expectations.

“We are at or above where we are supposed to be with our output,” Campbell told the Lee Planning Board last week.

The complex project included two separate interconnections in Lee and Lenox, Massachusetts, and a portion of the project was on a landfill. The 20-acre site on Willow Hill Road in Lee is a former sludge disposal landfill the paper manufacturer had capped more than two decades ago. Conti worked with Greenwood Energy to manage different aspects of the project including landfill permitting, construction, grid interconnection, utility coordination and state, county and township approval.

The topography of the project posed significant challenges along the south and west buffer zones. Construction activities included placing erosion and sediment barriers around the entire work zone, clearing approximately eight acres of trees and major site grading to ensure a level base.

Conti installed over 8,000 photovoltaic modules on a mix of RBI Solar’s post-driven and ballasted racking systems using Solectria PVI 28 TL inverters. Once construction was complete, Conti tied the PV system into the existing Eversource distribution system. Willow Hill sells power to the towns of Lee and Lenox, as well as a small piece to a low-income housing authority through a net metering purchase agreement.

Despite significant challenges with the site work and topography of the project, Conti completed the project as scheduled.

“Our team prides itself on delivering top quality projects for each customer, and nothing makes us happier than seeing the ultimate result: communities that benefit from our work,” said Matthew Skidmore, CEO of Conti Solar.