Amherst among 5 New England colleges partnering on solar facility in Maine

Hampshire County

Four western Massachusetts colleges are among five New England schools partnering on a new solar facility

The partnership represents the first collaborative purchase of solar electricity for higher education in New England.

Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Williams and Bowdoin colleges plan to build a new solar power facility in Farmington, Maine.

It’s in an effort to offset their collective electrical needs.

The pioneering renewable-energy collaborative allows the colleges to offset 46,000-megawatt hours of electricity each year.

And It creates additional solar electricity generation in the state.

“Hampshire College also has 15 smaller buildings that are not on the central campus and so, this power purchase enables us to power them with solar power as well,” Todd Holland, project manager at Hampshire College told 22News.

The colleges are partnering with NextEra Energy Resources. The company will construct a utility-scale solar power facility, that can create enough electricity to power about 5,000 New England homes each year.

The new venture will help each school manage costs by locking in the price of electricity for the next 20 years and it brings them closer to their climate-action goals.

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