Dave Eisenstadter  |  dailynewstranscript.com

The MassDOT Board of Directors unanimously approved a company to build one of the largest solar arrays in the state in Dedham.
The board voted Wednesday, Sept. 12, to approve Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation to design, install and maintain a solar photovoltaic system at Readville Yard 5 in Dedham as well as a smaller system at Wonderland Garage in Revere.
In the spring, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority opened up Readville Yard 5, which it owns, for the construction of the facility.
The contract requires that the facility be operational by October 2013.
“The site was attractive because it was half of a large rail yard the MBTA got control of in the 1970s,” Andrew Brennan, director of Environmental Affairs for the MBTA, said on Thursday, Sept. 13. “We didn’t have a transportation need for it and there are not a lot of places we have 20 acres sitting open we can do something like this on.”
The MBTA is the largest consumer of electricity in Massachusetts, which provides reasons to seek out alternative energy sources, Brennan said. {…}