PV Squared completes county’s largest roof-mounted solar array at Valley Steel Stamp

GREENFIELD — A worker-owned cooperative recently installed what is reportedly Franklin County’s largest roof-mounted solar project, at Valley Steel Stamp at 15 Greenfield St.

Greenfield-based solar energy company PV Squared installed the 550-kilowatt array on both buildings at Valley Steel Stamp, a precision machine shop specializing in components for the aerospace and defense industries. Valley Steel Stamp President Steve Capshaw said PV Squared finished the installation about a month ago and there are 1,400 panels in all. He said the company is now waiting for Eversource to sign off on the project and turn it on.

“We use a lot of electricity,” he said, adding that the buildings operate 24 hours a day, six days a week. “We’re excited about going green and we’re doing our part to use less energy.”

According to Anna Mannello, marketing coordinator at PV Squared, the 550-kilowatt system will account for an annual environmental offset of 417 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to annual emissions from 460,000 pounds of coal burned and 47,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.

“We applaud (Valley Steel Stamp) for their commitment to powering their operations with clean renewable energy generated directly from the roof of their facility, and for choosing to work with a Greenfield-based solar installer,” Josh Hilsdon, commercial design and sales consultant at PV Squared, said in a statement. “PV Squared has completed more than 140 solar installations in Greenfield, with a combined capacity of more than 1.15 megawatts. The 550-kilowatt (Valley Steel Stamp) solar project has increased the total solar capacity we’ve installed in Greenfield by nearly 50 percent.”

Mannello said work on the project began in early March. Completion took four months, more than usual, due to the restrictions and uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The crew at PV Squared is proud of the work.

“It’s nice to partner with such a great local company,” Mannello said of Valley Steel Stamp.

Capshaw said he shopped around for solar installers and he heard from satisfied customers about PV Squared’s reputation.

“It was really good to do business with them,” he said. “They did a great job.”

Mannello said an online database shows the project is the largest roof-mounted solar installation in the county. Hilsdon previously noted there are larger ground solar projects in the county.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

Author: Going Green

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