The system went live on April 14, 2016. The Solar PV Panels Exploratory Committee is currently seeking additional placement elsewhere in Town.
Net Metering Credits & Additional Savings
As part of the power purchase agreement, the Town will receive 1 net metering credit for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by the solar array and received by Eversource (Nstar) over the course of the 20 year lease. These credits are applied to the electric bill received by the Town, thereby reducing how much money is spent on electricity used by the municipality and saving tax dollars.
At the outset, the Solar Photovoltaic Panels Exploratory Committee was tasked with evaluating all Town properties with regard to suitability for placement of solar PV panels and then making a recommendation to both the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. The closed landfill is the most ideal for its high productivity, level land that is free of tree shading, accessible for construction and maintenance, and productive use of land that is otherwise a liability.
The array will be located over the landfill and occupy most of the leveled plateau, which is about 5 acres. Photo renderings of the arrays are available to view, and 3 environmental studies and a "no harm done" approach will aim to protect the area.