Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rehoboth Will Celebrate Town's Newest Solar Farm

REHOBOTH - A grand opening celebration for the town's newest solar farm will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the former town landfill site on Barney Avenue.

Earlier this year, the town agreed to lease property for the development of a 996 kilowatt solar panel array that would sell electricity directly to the grid. Individuals or companies will be able to offset their energy costs by purchasing one or more of the panels, and receiving credit on their electric bills.

The solar farm would be owned initially by the Clean Energy Collective, which is marketing panels to the public, spokesman Tim Brown said.

Clean Energy currently has 40 similar solar array projects either operating or in various stages of development in eight states.

The Rehoboth development, which Brown described as "medium size," will have about 3,200 solar panels, and will be able to prooduce 1,300 kilowatt hours per month.

A similar array is being built in Hadley.

Last May, town meeting voters authorized placing the proceeds from solar facilities into a fund that would be directed to various capital projects.


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