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Posted 7/3/2017

Release no. 17-065

Tim Dugan

CONCORD, Mass. – Construction of a solar energy project at Buffumville Lake in Charlton, Mass., will be completed under the terms of a $126,953.00 contract recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.


Work will be accomplished by Allied Contracting, LLC of Ortonville, Michigan. Construction is scheduled to take about 4 months and be completed by Oct. 31, 2017. The contract was awarded on June 26, 2017.


Work will include installing a 21kW solar photovoltaic system and a 100-foot-long vehicle sun shade/carport with associated components, monitoring system and all necessary conductors and conduit. The solar system will be installed on the sun shade/carport structure. In addition, the installation will include coordination with the local electrical service provider and connection to the local electrical system.


The project will be managed by the Corps of Engineers and all work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps’ Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.


Buffumville Lake dam, on the Little River in Charlton, was completed in 1958 at a cost of $3 million. The 12,700 acre-feet of storage is equal to 3.9 billion gallons of water and is impounded by a 3,255-foot-long, 66-foot-high earthen dam. The dam has prevented more than $133.7 million in cumulative damages, through December 2016. Picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, a 27-hole disc golf course, volleyball, horseshoes, two rental shelters and sight-seeing are just some of the activities visitors can enjoy at the lake. Portions of Buffumville Park are handicap accessible. 


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