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Town of Eliot installing solar array

A proposal for a municipal solar project in Eliot  is moving forward after getting the approval of the town’s attorney. The project is being financed through a relatively new process called a power purchase agreement. From Seacoastonline.com:

The proposal calls for the installation of a panel array featuring photovoltaic cells that would convert solar energy into electrical power for the town’s Department of Public Works building, as well as a sewer pump station.

According to Eliot Energy Commission Chairman Charlie Case, who presented the proposal to selectmen in November, the array will realize $503 in annual electricity cost savings to the town. In addition, there will be a 2-cent-per-kilowatt-hour reduction beyond what the town currently pays for electricity.

If given the OK by the town’s insurance carrier, the contract will feature a power purchase agreement with ReVision energy that would amount to no up-front costs to the town for the installation or operation of the project.

Within seven years, Eliot would have the option of purchasing the array at a 30 percent discount, boosting the annual electrical savings to $773 annually, according to the commission. By the 17th year of array ownership, the town could realize an annual savings of $5,900.

Blanchette said the town is currently examining costs involved in modifying the town transfer station’s roof to accommodate the solar array.

“We would like to see a new roof if the panel is constructed on top of it,” he said.

The Energy Commission also has been busy examining other ways to realize energy cost savings to the town. For instance, it has proposed new insulation for Town Hall.

“Some of the recently installed insulation was damaged when the building’s security system was installed two years ago,” Case said. “If the insulation was replaced, it could realize additional energy savings for the town.”

In addition, the commission is recommending that more energy-efficient lighting be installed in town buildings.

“For some areas, we are suggesting LED lighting, for others we favor better fluorescent fixtures,” Case said. “Either way, Eliot could realize important reductions in electrical costs with improved lighting.”

Read the rest of the Seacoastonline article.

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