On April 30, 2014, the Town of Easton, Borrego Solar Systems, and leaders from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts joined our residents at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completed Prospect Street solar array. This array will generate renewable electricity that will save approximately $200,000 in municipal energy costs annually.
Reuse of the Closed Prospect St. Landfill for Renewable Energy
Background: In the Fall of 2010, the Town of Easton met with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to discuss potential reuse of the closed landfill property for the development of solar energy facilities. The State generally encourages this type of use and provided technical assistance and guidance on next steps. In the Spring of 2011, the Planning and Zoning Board held several Zoning Subcommittee meetings and a public hearing to discuss proposed changes to the Zoning Bylaw that would allow ground-mounted solar facilities at the closed Prospect Street Landfill, Southeastern Technical Regional Vocational High School and Town-owned Water Department land. The changes to the Zoning Bylaw were approved at May 2011 Annual Town Meeting.
Solar Request for Proposals (RFP) Process: The Town submitted a Notice of EMS Procurement and a copy of the RFP to DOER for review. The DOER issued an Acknowledgement of Receipt stating that the Town’s submittal was complete and could be published. The Town then published the RFP in the Central Register and on the Town’s website. A community meeting was held on October 11, 2011 to discuss the status of the RFP process and to receive feedback. The Town received five proposals in response to the RFP from interested firms. The proposals were opened publicly on November 2, 2011 and reviewed by an internal review committee. The committee reviewed the proposals based on the evaluation criteria included in the RFP which included the following: completeness of the proposal; consultant experience and project approach; project schedule; and proper certification.
Designated Developer: On November 28, the Board of Selectmen voted to designate Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. as the preferred developer. The developer will continue to work with the Town in order to finalize the conceptual design plans which will be reviewed by the Town’s consulting engineer. The process to finalize the design plans will include an additional community meeting to receive input on the proposed design of the solar array.
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