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New Solar Farms Power Agawam

image(5)AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) –After months of construction, Agawam’s solar farms are running.

The Citizens Energy Corporation developed the project. The first is a 1.8 megawatt facility off of Main St. built on an old industrial park.

It will prevent over 2,000 tons of carbon monoxide emissions, and power the Hood Dairy plant.  “This would’ve been just a dump. It’s a brownfield site so you couldn’t develop any housing here, you couldn’t develop anything on this site,” said Joe Kennedy, Chairman of Citizens Energy Corporation.

The town is buying the energy generated by a second facility on Shoemaker Lane. Mayor Richard Cohen says that might translate to some savings for the community. “We get energy from the Shoemaker Lane energy project that will save us over $1 million. You get cheaper bills in that the town, will get cheaper energy costs, which is passed on through our budget which keeps our tax rate low,” he stated.

Both are the farms are built on private land, but the energy at the second site will power the entire town. Having the farms will allow Agawam to collect tax credits.

Kennedy says he’s in talks with Mayor Cohen to build more in the town in the future.