The Raffaele Road Solar Project is a 5.7 MWDC photovoltaic solar project developed by BlueWave Capital at a former sand-and-gravel quarry in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This project will produce 7.4 million kWh of clean power every year, with the energy being purchased by the City of New Bedford.
By reusing a sand-and-gravel quarry, this project fulfills BlueWave’s mission to identify brownfields, landfills and sites impacted by industry where solar is a suitable reuse. In this case the solar project includes site restoration of the quarry, and serves to benefit neighbors and a sensitive watershed, the Eel River, recently the subject of an extensive restoration project by the Town of Plymouth. The project began construction in October 2013 and was commissioned in June 2014. It is among the largest solar facilities in New England.
As the project developer, BlueWave identified and secured the site, conducted feasibility studies, and acquired all development rights for the project, including the interconnection agreement and all permits. BlueWave also entered into a financing agreement with SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) as the financier; under the agreement SunEdison acquired the project and engaged Pro-Tech Energy Solutions for Construction Management. Engineering services were provided by Flaherty & Stefani, Inc., a Plymouth firm, and Solar Design Associates.
The project is creating substantial environmental benefits – the 7,410,000 kWh of clean energy generated by this project each year is equivalent in terms of CO2 reductions to removing more than 1,000 cars from the road or preserving almost 3,000 acres of forest annually. In addition, the savings that New Bedford is expected to enjoy are substantial, amounting to more than $10 million over the life of the project.