Post Content

// <![CDATA[// <![CDATA[ $(document).ready(function() { // put all your jQuery goodness in here. $(".BannerText").html("News & Updates"); }); // ]]>

Northampton, Secretary Davey, Solar Array, December 19, 2012MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today joined state and local officials for the “switching on” ceremony of MassDOT’s solar array located at the District 2 Highway Division Administration Building in Northampton.  The array has the capacity to power up to one-third of the building’s energy needs under optimum conditions and has space to expand in the future.
“Today we’re here to celebrate a milestone in the way we think about our transportation assets and how we utilize them,” said Secretary Davey.  “As we continue to search for new ways to reduce our costs, save money, and improve our customers’ experience, this project stands as an example that takes a major step toward accomplishing all three of those goals.”  

Solar array construction completed in October includes no upfront cost to taxpayers.  Project contractor, JF White, funded construction in exchange for Solar Renewable Energy Credits.  After a solar facility is properly certified, the credits accrue as the facility generates power and can be sold and traded on the open market.  

This is the first time any state agency has used a state highway layout to construct a clean energy generation facility.  One other municipal facility exists on state highway layout in the town of Carver.

As part of the project, the building has been outfitted with equipment with the capability of switching between the solar array and the power grid.  During clear days, the building will draw power from the solar array; during night time hours or during overcast days, the building will be powered by Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

Written By:

Recent Posts

South Coast Rail “Notice of Project Change” Public Meeting Scheduled posted on Apr 28

South Coast Rail "Notice of Project Change" Public Meeting Scheduled

MassDOT will hold a public meeting on the South Coast Rail “Notice of Project Change” as follows: Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Taunton High School auditorium, 50 Williams Street, Taunton. MassDOT filed an SCR Notice of Project Change (NPC) on March 15, 2017, to adopt   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail “Notice of Project Change” Public Meeting Scheduled

MBTA: Discover the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line May 8-21 posted on Apr 27

MBTA: Discover the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line May 8-21

Customers of the Fairmont Commuter Rail Line will travel free of charge for a two-week period in May. Customers will be able to board at station stops from Readville to South Stations and not pay a fare between Monday, May 8, and Friday, May 21.   …Continue Reading MBTA: Discover the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line May 8-21

MassDOT Proposed Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Set posted on Apr 27

MassDOT Proposed Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Set

MassDOT has announced a schedule of 12 public meetings in locations across the state to present and discuss the draft MassDOT Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) Update.  Public input received at the meetings from May 15 to May 24 will be considered before the CIP   …Continue Reading MassDOT Proposed Capital Investment Plan Public Meetings Set