Hanover Offsite Solar
Hanover Off Site Solar (“HOSS”) is a 1MW ground mounted project located on five acres of a nineteen acre parcel of farmland in Rochdale, MA (a suburb of Worcester).
Power is being sold to two different off-takers: the town of Millbury, MA and the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts (“Hanover Theatre”), which is located in a severely distressed census tract in Worcester, MA that reported a 40.6% poverty rate in the 2010 census. HOSS offsets 80% of the Hanover Theatre’s electricity at a 20% discount over the Grid Rate. The savings help support the Hanover Theatre’s educational programs, which include their “Adopt-A-School” program that provides free tickets to more than 1,500 students annually, scholarships for their conservatory program and a six week recreation camp that takes place in ten different public parks and is provided free of charge to almost 750 Worcester children.
Originally constructed in 2011, BCC purchased the project in 2020 following the Investment Tax Credit period. BCC continues to provide discounted rates to the Hanover Theatre and Town of Millbury and has improved the environmental impact of the project by converting ground maintenance from mowed lawn to a pollinator-friendly habitat. According to the EPA’s Carbon Calculator, the production expected over the next eleven years is the equivalent of 11.6 million pounds of coal or 1.18 million gallons of gasoline.
Learn more: https://thehanovertheatre.org/