One of state’s largest solar farms proposed for Hopkinton/Webster landfill

Monitor staff
Published: 6/26/2018 11:39:55 PM

Hopkinton is closer to getting one of the largest solar projects in New Hampshire after Granite Apollo, a solar-power development company, signed a letter of intent with the towns to develop a 17-megawatt project at the landfill it shares with Webster.

The project is proposed for the Hopkinton/Webster Municipal Solid Waste Site, approximately 133 acres of land off of East Penacook Road in Hopkinton that includes a capped landfill.

The next step is to negotiate a long-term lease agreement for the site. If that happens, a lease option will be on the March 2019 Town Meeting Warrant in both Hopkinton and Webster.

The proposal would produce enough electricity to power approximately 4,500 homes.

Granite Apollo is a fairly new development company focused on large-scale solar energy projects in New England. It recently announced plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar project in Londonderry on the Auburn Road Superfund Site.

Closed landfills are becoming a popular location for solar farms largely because the land can’t be used by much else since buildings can’t be put atop a capped landfill. 

Under the proposal, Granite Apollo would lease the land from the towns to develop the solar project, then negotiate a power purchase agreement under which it would sell the electricity within the New England power market.

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)

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David Brooks is a reporter and the writer of the sci/tech column Granite Geek and blog, as well as moderator of Science Cafe Concord events. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics he became a newspaperman, working in Virginia and Tennessee before spending 28 years at the Nashua Telegraph . He joined the Monitor in 2015.

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