On June 4, 2010, the Southern Sky Renewable Energy team was selected by the Town of Canton Board of Selectmen to construct and operate a 5.8 MW solar photovoltaic facility on approximately 15 acres of the town’s closed landfill. Project construction commenced on December 5, 2011 and was completed and became operational on August 4, 2012. The Canton Landfill Solar Photovoltaic Facility is the second largest solar photovoltaic facility in the Northeast United States.
Upon award by the Canton Board of Selectmen, the Southern Sky Renewable Energy team conducted several meetings with key town staff including the Town Administrator, Finance Director, DPW Director, Town Engineer, Building Official, Conservation Agent, Fire and Police Chiefs. The cooperation developed at that meeting has been the hallmark of our time in Canton as the project has progressed. Southern Sky Renewable Energy received a unanimous vote from the Canton Conservation Commission granting a land disturbance permit, and a unanimous “favorable recommendation” by the Canton Planning Board to the Canton ZBA concerning site plan review. The Canton Zoning Board unanimously approved the site plan and the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the lease and NMC on the evening of November 16, 2010 and November 18, 2010, respectively. It is important to note that the Southern Sky Renewable Energy landfill solar project received no opposition and received written support from two neighbors. The Canton Green Team, a committee of Canton residents, endorsed the project as well.
Southern Sky Renewable Energy conducted a pre meeting with the Southeast Regional office of the MADEP concerning the post closure use–major application, and the complete application was filed on November 15, 2010. MADEP approved our filing and issued the post closure use-major permit on December 30, 2010. Southern Sky Renewable Energy filed an interconnection application with NSTAR on November 16, 2010 and it was approved August 30, 2011.
Southern Sky Renewable Energy was selected by the Berkley Board of Selectmen on December 14, 2011. A ground lease was executed on March 3, 2012. The project is fully permitted and received unanimous support from the Berkley public bodies including: Town Meeting, Conservation Commission, Planning Board and Board of Selectmen. Southern Sky Renewable Energy has executed an Interconnection agreement and Power Purchase Agreement with Taunton Municipal Light Plant (“TMLP”). Southern Sky Renewable Energy began construction on April 3, 2014 and TMLP granted PTO on June 30, 2014.
The Ravenbrook Landfill Solar Facility replaced our Canton, MA Landfill Solar Facility as the largest landfill solar facility in the Northeast United States. Construction of the Ravenbrook Solar Facility began on November 11, 2012. Construction was completed in September 2013 and NSTAR granted permission to operate on December 23, 2013.
The Ravenbrook Landfill Solar project received nearly unanimous support from the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen and the Carver Town Meeting. The Southern Sky Renewable Energy team has built a good relationship with Carver town officials throughout the permitting and construction phase of the Ravenbrook Landfill Solar project. In addition, the Ravenbrook Landfill Solar project received support from the MADEP and a post closure use permit- major was issued on October 10, 2011.
The Ravenbrook Landfill was an asset that owed over $200,000 back real estate taxes to the Town of Carver. Southern Sky Renewable Energy presented the town with an opportunity to collect those back taxes as well as receive payments for current taxes going forward for a period of 25 years. Southern Sky Renewable Energy has structured its lease with the land owner in such a manner that a portion of the rent paid is sent to the town to satisfy the back tax issue.Net metering credits generated by the Ravenbrook Landfill Solar Facility will be purchased by a major health care institution in the NSTAR SEMA load zone for a contract term of 25 years.
Aerial photo of the Ravenbrook Landfill Solar Facility