Pine Gate Closes Financing on Massachusetts Agrovoltaic Tasks
Pine Gate Renewables, a fully integrated utility-scale solar development company, has completed funding for two new dual-use solar projects that will provide 9MW of solar power and storage to the Carver, Massachusetts community, while laying the groundwork for cranberry cultivation.
Solar Carver 1 is being built on a 70 hectare site that will generate 6 MW of energy along with a 24 MWh storage battery. Solar Carver 3 will produce 3 MW and house a 12 MWh storage battery on a 35 hectare site. With the long-life batteries, the system can optimize its energy profile in the network. The projects are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
“We are excited to continue playing a role with Solar Carver 1 and 3 in advancing agrivoltaics that benefit local cranberry farmers and provide the community with clean energy, tax money and jobs,” said Ben Catt, CEO of Pine Gate Renewables.
Most solar projects are built with steel shelves. However, to make room for the cranberry bogs underneath, Pine Gate’s EPC team will design the solar carver projects to be built on 25 to 40 foot long wooden power poles – which are more durable to wet terrain. These poles are driven 15 to 30 feet into the ground to keep the trackers at least 10 feet above the cranberry bogs and allow for an annual fall harvest.
The Solar Carver projects will provide temporary construction jobs to hundreds of workers during the expansion. The projects will be part of the SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) program, a nationwide solar incentive program with the aim of acquiring 3,200 MW of new solar projects.