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Chickatawbut Hill Solar
Less than thirty minutes from Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation is a haven for those who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Now the area is also the site of a 48 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array which produces 62,000 kWh and is the largest solar array on a Massachusetts state park. 

This installation on Chickatawbut Hill, located adjacent to the Reservation and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), will generate enough energy to power both the nearby Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center with clean, safe, homegrown electricity.  In addition, the installation will be used to educate students and community members about the importance of clean energy. 

The solar array installation was overseen by the Division of Capital Management and will reduce the annual utility bill by $8,000. This project was funded with a grant allocated by DOER's State Energy Program of $203,544 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and from a $176,340 federal Clean Renewable Energy Bond. 

Visit our website to learn more about renewable energy and clean energy projects funded bythe Recovery Act. You can also visit DCR's site to find out about  Massachusetts State Parks or The Great Outdoors blog to read about more on the environment . 

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