For many years, the property located at the corner of Grove and East Union streets operated as the Brockton Gas Works, from 1898 to 1963.
Designated a brownfield site, the property held little appeal for private developers. A “brownfield” is a property in which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.
In 2004, remedial activities were completed and the site was capped.
In 2000, Brockton embarked on a six-year project that would reinvent this property into a Brightfield.
The three-acre site consists of approximately 1,400 solar panels. Each of the solar modules face south and are tilted to 42 degrees to maximize energy production.
At the time of its opening in October 2006, the Brockton Brightfield was the largest solar array in New England. The site produces 425 kilowatts of electricity directly into the local electrical distribution grid each day.
Transforming this property was a multi-million dollar project – utilizing funding from local, state, and federal sources. These efforts turned a blighted site into a useful, renewable energy source.