The town of Falmouth owns a 40-acre capped and closed landfill that, until solar was introduced, was sitting vacant and providing no benefits to the town or the local community, but requiring on-going maintenance and expense to keep up.
The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (“EDIC”), the primary municipal agency responsible for creating jobs and developing increased economic opportunities, recognized the opportunity to go solar at the landfill. Instead of being an eyesore, it could generate tax revenue for the town, provide lower cost, clean, local electricity, while also earning lease revenue to help fund the EDIC’s important economic development goals.
The EDIC worked collaboratively with the town to perform initial feasibility studies, obtain town meeting approvals, and an interconnection agreement. Through a competitive public bid process, Citizens was selected as the winning vendor to develop, design, finance, construct, and own the solar asset. The total economic benefit to the community over the life of the project is projected to be over $14 million!
|Owner and Operator||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Developer||Citizens Enterprises Corp.|
|Electrical Contractor||Fischbach & Moore, Boston, Mass.|
|Permitting Support||Tighe and Bond, Westfield, Mass.|
|Installed Capacity||4.0 MW DC|
|Jobs Created||50 during construction|
|Site Area||16 acres|
|Energy Production||5,137,000 kWh per year|
|CO2 Displacement||4,000 tons per year|
|Mounting Type||Ground-Mount, ballasted|
|Inverter Type||SGI XTM 750kW|
|Module Wattage||340 Watts|