Solar Array at Falmouth 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 ....
In early October of 2014, the Falmouth EDIC started plans to develop a solar array on the old landfill site off of Thomas Landers Road. First the FEDIC did a feasibility study with NSTAR to make sure they had the capacity to accept the kilowatts that would be generated. The next step included obtaining a long term ground lease for the site and a change of use for the property. After that was accomplished, the FEDIC obtained authorization from the Board of Selectmen at Town Meeting to enter into negotiations with a developer to construct a solar field. An RFP was issued, and out of the many responders, it was narrowed down to three developers. They were all interviewed and the decision was made to choose Citizens Energy 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 would choose the recipients. The first phase of this project will generate 4 megawatts. The second phase when developed will generate two more megawatts.
After all the documents were signed at a brief ceremony in May, construction on the property began in June. All of the solar panels are currently in place. They are expected be connected to the grid and generating kilowatts by mid-December, 2016.
Once operational, the town of Falmouth will save millions of dollars over the next 20 years.
To view the Falmouth Landfill Solar Production Data, showing up to date solar energy output - click on: https://minisite.alsoenergy.com/Dashboard/2a5669735064472f4643554b772b71593d .
For more information about the Solar Array at Falmouth Landfill project, please contact Jim Fox.