Solar energy projects in Massachusetts are becoming increasingly ambitious with one developer having recently offered a proposal for what would be the largest photovoltaic array in the state.
A report in the Boston Globe says that a developer has proposed turning 100 acres of wooded land in the town of Salisbury into a 6-megawatt solar array which would also include wind turbines. The power generated would be sufficient for 1,500 typical homes, added the newspaper.
The Globe also noted that the solar array would provide electricity for another plan by the same developer involving an oceanfront revitalization project that would include about 3 million square feet of residential and business space.
Massachusetts is not known for its sunshine and hot weather, but has been taking steps towards more widespread solar energy use in recent years, for both homeowners and utilities.
In fact, this week the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs reported that it would be using federal stimulus funds to install 3.8 megawatts of solar arrays at several dozen different sites. According to Secretary Ian Bowles, Massachusetts is on track for a 20-fold increase in solar power generation over a four-year period.