Framingham energy firm Ameresco has been contracted to build a solar farm made of more than 71,000 panels on a brownfield site in Illinois.
The 27-megawatt project will be built on a brownfield in DePue, Ill. and generate nearly 37,000 megawatt hours of electricity in the first year. In order to protect the existing remediation on brownfield sites, the solar arrays will not penetrate the ground. Instead, racking systems will be installed on ballast blocks entirely above ground.
Ameresco is handling the development, design, and construction of the project. The company will own, operate, and maintain the solar facility. Once completed in late 2020, this will be the company’s largest solar farm to date.