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Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) Completes Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Solar Plant

Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) has completed construction on the largest solar energy plant in New England. The facility, located on Silver Lake Boulevard in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has a 1.8-megawatt capacity.

"Large scale solar energy today becomes a reality in the Commonwealth," said Peter Clarke, WMECo president and COO. "Silver Lake provides tangible evidence that large scale, utility-owned solar makes sense on many levels. We are demonstrating a commitment to development of the region's renewable energy industry while also revitalizing an environmentally-challenged site."

WMECo jointly owns the eight-acre site with the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA). The project will create 35 jobs.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has set a goal to install 250 megawatts of solar power by 2017, according to state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles.

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