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First photovoltaic projects in the United States in operation

PV farms in Brookfield and Brimfield connected to the grid in December 2021

Photo: © Needham Bank

There are approximately 9.5 miles (15 km) between the U.S. towns of Brookfield and Brimfield, Massachusetts. These two towns have something special in common. In late December 2021, SWEB put its first two PV projects on U.S. soil into operation, with a total capacity of over 7.5 MW.


SWEB completed construction on its largest PV project in Brookfield in 2020. The project was not scheduled to be operational before 2021, as the grid operator had to complete construction for the medium voltage connection. However, the big moment finally came on December 27, 2021. The project fed its first kilowatt hour of clean electricity into the grid, with a total capacity of 5 MW.


The first excavators arrived in Brimfield in mid-May 2021 to start working on the next PV farm. The machines ran at full speed, making it possible to connect the photovoltaic project of 2.56 MW to the grid as early as December 29, 2021.


The completion of the two PV projects in Brookfield and Brimfield marks the successful market entry of SWEB in the United States in the field of photovoltaics. The renewable power plant portfolio of SWEB in the United States will continue to grow in 2022. The North American SWEB team is currently working on the wind farm, Silver Maple, which will be operational by the end of the year.

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