BlueWave’s solar development on Tinkham Hill Road in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, exemplifies the company’s determination to work diligently with its host communities to address concerns and reach mutually beneficial agreements. This 2.0 MWDC solar farm will be advantageous at environmental, economic and social levels, though these benefits were not immediately apparent to all site abutters.
Environmentally, this site was lightly wooded with pine barren before construction. When all of the solar modules are in place, the area surrounding the project will be fully screened off by a mix of planted species, meaning the area won’t lose any of its natural aesthetic appeal. The wider environmental benefits will be equally great, with 2,000,000 kWh of clean electricity produced in the first year. This is the equivalent of 1,793 metric tons of carbon dioxided not being released into the atmosphere. This is as much CO2 as 377 cars emit and 45,970 tree seedlings sequester over 10 years of growth.
The land itself was zoned for recreation under statute 61B of Massachusetts General Law, which encourages owners to maintain land for open space or recreation purposes. However, because 61B limits taxes on eligible land to no more than 25% of its fair-market value, this status did not lead to substantial revenue for the Town. Conversely, over the first 20 years of this solar project, Mattapoisett will gain $500,000 in tax payments.
The combination of environmental, aesthetic, and economic benefits–combined with BlueWave’s commitment to engaging with residents–ultimately resulted in a successful solar project that will be a real asset to Mattapoisett in the years and decades to come.