4,000-panel solar array to be installed on Cordaville Road site

Above: Land next to 150 Cordaville Road is being cleared to make room for solar panels

Several of you have asked lately about the work taking place at 150 Cordaville Road (the former High Speed Video building) near the intersection of Routes 85 and 9. Turns out Southborough-based Capital Group Properties is clearing the land so it can install a large solar panel array.

According a recent press release, the solar panel system will be the largest of its kind in Metrowest, totaling about 4,000 panels installed over five acres. The system will supply 100% of the local common area electrical usage for the businesses at 150 Cordaville Road and other properties owned by Capital Group.

Capital Group founder and CEO Bill Depietri said the firm was motivated to build the solar array by its desire to help the environment, control facility and tenant costs, and by the availability of attractive state and federal incentive programs.

The project has been permitted and signed off on by the town. Capital Group went before the Conservation Commission in December to earn their approval since the site borders wetlands.

Conservation Administrator Beth Rosenblum told the Metrowest Daily News the commission approved the project with no major concerns, calling it “a good use” of the site.

The system will be installed by Hopkinton-based Solect Energy Development, LLC. They plan to break ground this spring.

A little over a year ago, Capital Group got the go-ahead from the Zoning Board of Appeals to build a 4-story office building on the site, but they apparently changed course. What do you think? Do you like the idea of a solar array on the site? Or would you have preferred an office building? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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