Solar Array at the Landfill
From Citizens Energy Corporation
The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (“EDIC”), the primary municipal agency responsible for creating jobs and developing increased economic opportunities, recognized the opportunity to go solar at the landfill. Instead of being an eyesore, it could generate tax revenue for the town, provide lower cost, clean, local electricity, while also earning lease revenue to help fund the EDIC’s important economic development goals. Read more ....
SOLAR ARRAY AT THE LANDFILL TIMELINE
Falmouth EDIC started plans to develop a solar array on the old landfill site off of Thomas Landers Road to generate tax revenue for the town and provide lower cost, clean, local electricity for Falmouth’s municipal buildings, while also earning lease revenue to help fund the EDIC’s important economic development goals.
First, Falmouth EDIC did a feasibility study with NSTAR to make sure they had the capacity to accept the kilowatts that would be generated. Next, they obtained a long-term ground lease for the site and a change of use for the property.
After that was accomplished, Falmouth EDIC obtained authorization from the Board of Selectmen at Town Meeting to enter into negotiations with a developer to construct a solar field. Citizens Energy was chosen for the project. As a bonus, Citizens Energy agreed to develop an additional solar array to generate electricity for 200 homes in Falmouth that qualified with low to moderate incomes. Once built, Citizens Energy chose the recipients.
The first phase of this project was completed, producing 4.3 megawatts of clean and renewable energy, saving the Town of Falmouth over $500,000 a year in energy costs.
The second phase, when developed, will generate two more megawatts.