Nearly a year after the idea of a community solar facility was first proposed, construction of the first Harvard Solar Garden is about to begin. The limited-liability corporation formed to allow residents and small businesses to own shares of the 276-kilowatt facility will be closed within the next two weeks, with 42 members—38 residential and four local businesses.
Solar Garden I will be constructed on land behind the Harvard Plaza at 285 and 295 Ayer Road, owned by RDJ Realty Trust. RDJ trustee Robert Hirsch recently signed a 25-year ground lease to host the solar garden facility.
Construction of the solar garden could be completed in as little as three months, said Worth Robbins, Harvard Solar Garden project coordinator. But, allowing for typical winter weather, completion by March or April of 2013 is more realistic, Robbins said.