Sun shines on energy project

Construction has begun on the largest solar energy farm in New England, which will place about 19,800 photovoltaic panels on the capped landfill near Pine Street. Selectmen chairman John J. Connolly said the project is expected to generate about $9.85 million for the town over the course of a 25-year lease, and result in lower energy costs. The town is leasing the previously unused land to Southern Sky Renewable Energy, which recently worked out the final details of providing power to NStar, Connolly said. “We really don’t have to do anything; we just sit back and lease them the land,” he said. The $16.6 million construction project has been awarded to Gemma Renewable Power. The panels will cover about 12.5 acres of the 40-acre landfill and the facility is expected to be completed by next summer. - Elaine Cushman Carroll