Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

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The new solar farm and Evesource's other Springfield farms together will produce enough power to supply nearly 2,000 homes. SPRINGFIELD -- The 5.6-megawatt solar farm Eversource plans to build at the Smith & Wesson Industrial Park off Roosevelt Avenue will also generate money the city can use to rehab the "blast zone" around upper Worthington and Lyman streets, the city's chief development officer said Wednesday. The neighborhood, just blocks from the city's downtown, was heavily damaged in the Scores Gentlemen's Club gas explosion on Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. The solar farm will take up the last developable lot at the industrial park, said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer. So the city will have...

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