Efforts continue on airport solar plant project
- Jan 25, 2022 7:26 pm GMT
Jan. 25—WATERTOWN — The businessman planning to build a solar panel manufacturing plant near the airport says he has arranged all the project's financing and is ready to transport 115,000 pieces of equipment from a dismantled plant in
He and his management team are ready to make a presentation on
"We already got the investors lined up," he said following a
But his biggest concern is getting enough electricity to the site to power the plant that would initially create 290 jobs,
At this point,
To offset those costs, he's expressed an interest in acquiring an old hydroelectric plant on Sewall's Island from the city.
After a 45-minute discussion, the
"Not every day you get to work with a developer with your success record," Councilwoman
Council members support converting the defunct city landfill on
He also intends on creating a cafe/hydro museum and artist studios on the other side of the island that could be a tourist destination.
During Monday's meeting, Councilman Cliff G. Olney III said he wanted to wait to give Convalt permission for the hydro plant feasibility study until he knew more about it. He cast the only no vote.
It would take two to four years to develop the hydro plant and to go through the
Until Monday night, much of the company's recent efforts to build the manufacturing plant have been out of the limelight.
His company has purchased equipment from a defunct
That effort includes dismantling 500,000 power circuits, 715,000 cables and boxing up, wrapping up and labeling 115,000 pieces of equipment that will be transported by rail to the north country, he said.
"Those are some amazing numbers for you,"
The Convalt plant could create 4,555 jobs in 10 years, according to the company.
Its sister company, DigiCollect, a software company that manufactures sensors for monitoring residential grids and transmission lines, would also build a 50,000-square-foot facility near the airport.
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