Foley Hoag Client Mt Tom Solar Breaks Ground on Solar Farm

Foley Hoag LLP client ENGIE North America Inc. and its subsidiary Mt. Tom Solar LLC recently broke ground on a 5.76 megawatt solar farm in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Beginning in January 2017, Mt. Tom Solar will sell renewable energy from the facility to Holyoke Gas & Electric, pursuant to a Power Purchase Agreement, which will benefit the Holyoke community.

Foley Hoag is advising Mt. Tom Solar on the project. The solar installation will be one of the largest in the state and include more than 17,000 solar panels on approximately 22 acres, which is the former site of a 56-year-old coal plant.

ENGIE manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including electricity generation and cogeneration; natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales; and retail energy sales. It serves to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy use and expense.

Foley Hoag previously secured a victory on behalf of ENGIE in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which unanimously agreed with ENGIE that the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) erred when it issued an order authorizing electric utilities to procure new gas pipeline capacity and to then seek recovery of those costs from electric ratepayers. The decision provided valuable clarity from the state’s highest court on the scope of the DPU’s oversight authority, and reaffirmed Massachusetts’ commitment to competitive power markets.

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