Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo), a Northeast utilities company, has completed 1.8MW Silver Lake solar project at the William Stanley Business Park on Silver Lake Boulevard in Pittsfield as part of its 6MW solar program.

The new solar facility, which is situated on a land owned by WMECo and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA), is powered by approximately 6,500 solar panels to generate enough electricity to power 300 homes.

The facility that is expected to bring approximately $150,000 of annual property tax revenues to the City of Pittsfield employed a variety of local and regional contractors, including Weston & Sampson, JH Maxymillian, American Capital Energy, ES Boulos and Witch Enterprises.

Situated in Pittsfield, WMECo’s Silver Lake solar project also joins a growing solar cluster in the Berkshires, enabling the Commonwealth to reach its goal to have 250MW of solar power installed by 2017 for a clean energy future.

WMECo president and CEO Peter Clarke said that large scale solar energy today becomes a reality in the Commonwealth and Silver Lake provides tangible evidence that large scale utility-owned solar makes sense on many levels.

“We are demonstrating a commitment to development of the region’s renewable energy industry while also revitalizing an environmentally-challenged site,” Clarke said.