Williams Partners with Four Leading Liberal Arts Colleges to Create New Solar Energy Facility

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 19, 2018— Five of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges have formed a pioneering collaborative that will allow them to offset 46,000 megawatt hours per year of their collective electrical needs with electricity created at a new solar power facility to be built in Farmington, Maine. The partnership represents the first collaborative purchase of New England-generated solar electricity by higher-education institutions.

Williams, Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, and Smith colleges are partnering with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, a leading clean energy company, which will construct a utility-scale solar power facility that annually will create enough electricity to power about 5,000 New England homes.

Read more from the press release here and from the Williams record here.

Check out the interview by WGBY’s “Connecting Point” of Amy Johns from Williams, Laura Drauker from Amherst, and Dano Weisbord from Smith talking about our collaborative approach to renewable energy.