At the April 19, 2022 Select Board meeting there was a presentation from Beacon Integrated Solutions regarding the Town's power purchase agreements, the capacity to take on more net metering credits and the kickstart of a conversation to embark on solar installations on Town properties. A link to the presentation is available here.
One of the takeaways from the presentation was the creation of a Solar Working Group. The Select Board directed the Town Manager to create the group with the goal of reviewing the presentation and putting together a package of possible areas where solar could be considered.
The working group consists of one representative from the following groups:
Energy & Sustainability
Select Board member Mark Gold
Facilities Director Nick Georgantas
Town Manager Lyn Simmons
The Solar Working Group held several meetings between May and September 2022 and made great progress.
As a result of those meetings, it was determined that changes to the Town's pre-existing Net Metering Agreements were needed before the Town could pursue solar installations that would benefit the Town. Work to amend the two Net Metering Agreements is in progress and once finalized, the Solar Working Group will resume its mission. This work is expected to resume in the fall of 2023.