Easton Schools Solar Project Back on Track Following Lifting of Solar Net Metering Cap
The Town of Easton is happy to announce that the long-delayed Easton Middle School and Oliver Ames High School Solar Projects can proceed. These projects will see 0.71 MW panels installed on the roofs of both schools, generating approximately $79,000 in net metering credits in the first year and upwards of $1.24 million over the 20 year term of the agreement for the Town of Easton.
Designated a Green Community in 2010, Easton continues to be a leader in municipal energy efficiency and cost savings efforts statewide. Town Administrator David Colton served on the Commonwealth’s Net Metering Task Force and testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in June of 2015 in favor of lifting the net metering cap. “Solar projects like this are not only good for the environment, but for our Town’s bottom line,” says Colton, “this bill will allow us to finally proceed with our solar project at the Schools, and allow us to save over $1,000,000 in energy expenses over the next 20 years.”
In addition to pursuing green initiatives in town, the Town of Easton is a major advocate for statewide energy efficiency efforts. Selectman Daniel Smith serves as the Presidential Member of Energy and Environmental Policy Committee for the Massachusetts Municipal Association. “I am so pleased to hear that the Governor signed onto this bill, allowing Green Communities like Easton to expand their green portfolio and save tax dollars,” said Smith, “this is just one more example of Easton driving its energy strategy forward which has delivered a strong return on our investment saving tax payer dollars."
The Easton Middle School and Oliver Ames High School solar arrays follow many successful energy efficiency projects in Easton, including a favorable power purchase agreement estimated to save the Town approximately $111,000 per year for two years. Additionally, the Town has since 2014 begun saving approximately $200,000 annually as a result of the now operating 1.8 MW solar array on the Prospect Street landfill. Other projects, such as the Town’s ongoing energy efficiency performance contract and associated improvements to municipal facilities is projected to save up to $240,000 in energy costs annually.