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New 1.3 megawatt solar generation facility will be online by end of the year
August 29, 2017
Hampton, N.H.

Unitil, (www.unitil.com), a provider of natural gas and electricity to customers in New England, has begun construction on a 1.3 MW solar array on Unitil-owned land at Sawyer Passway in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The facility is expected to be online by the end of this year.

 

The solar array will be located on a  remediated ‘brownfields’ site that has a long history dating back to the 1850’s of various forms of gas and electric energy production and delivery systems.  Most recently the site was the location of a fossil fuel burning power plant, but the plant was shuttered as part of the Electric Industry Restructuring Act of the late-1990s. In addition to the new solar array, an electric distribution substation and gas regulator station owned by Unitil continue to be operated at the site.

 

Construction of the new facility is being managed by GroSolar, a Vermont based EDF renewable energy company.  

 

“We are extremely excited to see construction begin on this new facility,” Unitil Media Relations Manager Alec O’Meara said. “Thanks in large part to the opportunities offered by state legislation, this once vacant lot will again be actively contributing to the city’s growth. It’s a wonderful fit for this location.”
           

The array will be called “Solarway” as a nod to the name of the street and previous generation facility at the location, Sawyer Passway.

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About Unitil Corporation

Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices, and technologies that lead to the delivery of dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitil’s operating utilities serve approximately 104,300 electric customers and 79,900 natural gas customers. Other subsidiaries include Usource, Unitil’s non-regulated business segment. For more information about our people, technologies, and community involvement please visit www.unitil.com.

 


For more information please contact:
Alec O'Meara

Media Relations Manager
OMeara@unitil.com
Phone: 603-773-6404

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