Solar energy agreement approved in Springfield

Solar panels will be installed in an old landfill

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield City Council unanimously approved a tax agreement with Joe Kennedy’s Citizens Energy Company on Monday night to generate solar energy for thousands of low income families.

A company named Chicopee River Solar, working with Kennedy’s Citizens Energy, will install solar panels on an old landfill on Cadwell Drive. The city hopes to generate almost one million dollars in taxes from property that had been generating no money.

Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams told 22News, “We’re getting the taxes on it. We’re going to service about five thousand customers in the area. Poor people. Poor customers who really need it. I think it’s a win-win for all of us.”

Under the agreement, Citizens Energy will pay Springfield about 41-thousand dollars per year in taxes over the next 20 years. The first year will be a double-payment of more than 82-thousand dollars.

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