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Solar facility on Pembroke landfill almost done

Workers are completing construction of a new solar energy facility at Pembroke’s former landfill.

Begun in January, the project should be finished by late July or early August, according to Town Administrator Edwin Thorne. He said it will then take until September for the facility to be fully connected to the regional power grid.

“For all intents and purposes, the project is done,” Thorne said.

Consisting of 5,000 solar panels, the 4-megawatt facility is being built through a joint initiative of the town and Onyx Solar, which acquired the project from the original developer, SunEdison.

Pembroke has agreed to buy all the power produced by the facility, which will supply about 80 percent of the town’s municipal electricity needs.

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The solar array sits on top of the 19-acre former landfill on Hobomock Street, which is adjacent to the town’s recycling center.

Under the agreement, Pembroke will lease the property to Onyx Solar, and buy the power at a discounted rate. The company will also provide the town with annual payments in lieu of taxes.

Thorne said the combination of the power discount, the lease, and the annual payments will provide the town with an estimated $7.9 million in net savings and revenues over the 20-year length of the agreement.


John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com