Springfield announces deal to buy solar power from Amherst development
City says it will save $1.6 million in costs to power municipal buildings
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a deal to purchase all the power that will be generated by a solar farm that is being developed in Amherst.
According to an announcement by the office of Mayor Domenic Sarno, the city will purchase the power from the planned 6.2 megawatt facility at a 10 percent discount. This will save the city an estimated $1.6 million in electricity costs over 20 years.
It will move the city closer to achieving the goals of a climate action plan adopted in 2017.
WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with one of the authors of the climate plan, City Councilor Jesse Lederman.
Lederman is chairman of the City Council Sustainability and Environment Committee.