Boston Energy Developer Reaches for the Sun and Solar Power Plants

BOSTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) — Environmental officials in Massachusetts gave approval to a developer previously jailed protesting nuclear power to build a 650 kilowatt solar power plant.

Developer John Rosenthal, jailed three times in the 1970s and 1980s, received critical support for the $500 million Fenway Center, which will include 1,200 solar panels, enough to power a new commuter rail station Rosenthal is also building, The Boston Globe reported Friday.

The building, designed to straddle the Massachusetts Turnpike, also requires permission from the state’s Department of Transportation before it can go up. But Rosenthal said he was thrilled with the environmental approval for the project, which has been in design stages for 10 years.

“To leverage my business to produce green power is a dream come true for me,” he said. “This is certainly a wonderful turn of events.”

Rosenthal plans to place an educational kiosk in the rail station and sell power to tenants of the Fenway Center, the Globe said.

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