New Solar Energy Solutions to Save Massachusetts Town $1.5M+

April23, 2012 by Shannalee in Solar Living

As we’ve said before at Soluxe Solar, there are many reasons to pursue new solar energy solutions–not the least of which is a financial one! The power that comes from the sun can be harnessed to provide clean energy that not only benefits the environment but also your bottom line.

Take the example of Lee, Massachusetts, an historic New England town that describes itself as “a unique blend of small town living, great schools, retail establishments, restaurants, shopping and services, in abundance and of a high caliber more often found in much larger communities.” Citizens of this Massachusetts town could be saving as much as $1.5 million in new solar energy solutions from a proposed solar bill aimed at helping power the northeastern city’s municipal buildings.

Through a tentative deal with a Boston company, the deal would mean the installation of three solar arrays that will cost $11.8 million to install but will generate three megawatts of electricity that will save the town money each year–even as much as $65,000 the first year and $1.57 million over the next 20 years.

“We will earn energy credits [from WMECO], with the money saved going to help pay other bills,” said committee Chairman Thomas Wickham.

According to the proposal details, there will be solar arrays installed at a former landfill, a wastewater treatment plant and on three acres of a 171-acre land parcel. The latter location has drawn considerable controversy from citizens in favor of farming the land, but officials believe the savings outweigh the drawbacks.

“There’s really no way to take out one (part) without affecting the rest,” Wickham said. “They are all tied together.”

(Image source: Conserve Energy Future)

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