A gravel pit in Plymouth’s Camelot Park will soon become a solar field that will generate enough energy to power several hundred homes.
This the week the Planning Board gave the go-ahead to a proposal to establish a solar farm at the 40 acre site off Raffaele Road. The property, owned by Plymouth Sand and Gravel, will be leased for 20 years to Blue Wave Capital, developers of the solar field.
Aiden Foley is their Senior Director:
“We’re going to install some galvanized steel racks and we’re going to bring in truckloads of solar panels. We’re going vegetate the site underneath the racks. We’re going to plant a couple of thousand shrubs on the slopes around the site to insure that the slopes are stable and that there’s no erosion running off into the Eel River.”
Foley says the energy produced by the solar field will sold to municipalities:
“It’s a 5.4 megawatt project that will generate enough energy to power about 750 homes. We’re a community-focused energy developer and—project of this size—you’re essentially required to sell the energy to municipalities.”
The solar farm is expected to up and running by late fall.