Municipal Solar Project Completed In Medford, Mass.

The City of Medford, Mass., has welcomed a new 235 kW solar energy system on the roof of its Department of Public Works (DPW) building.

The city collaborated with Solect Energy, a Massachusetts-based solar developer and installer, and PowerOptions, a nonprofit energy-buying consortium in the region, to install the project.

The array consists of 588 solar PV panels that are projected to produce approximately 300,000 kWh of energy annually. Medford anticipates the array will generate nearly 100% of the DPW’s annual demand for electricity for a projected first-year savings of $11,000.

“The city has been making strides towards our mission of fiscal and environmental stewardship,” says Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “We are pleased to make these investments in and commitments to our community and remain dedicated to expanding our goal to be carbon-neutral by 2050.”

The City of Medford was able to install the solar array with no upfront costs through the Solect Energy and PowerOptions solar program. Under the program, Solect Energy financed and installed and will service the project, while the DPW receives the power generated at a fixed price through a 20-year power purchase agreement negotiated with PowerOptions.

“At PowerOptions, our mission is to help communities save time and money on energy so more resources can be directed toward serving the public,” says Cynthia Arcate, president and CEO of PowerOptions. “We applaud the City of Medford’s forward-thinking approach to energy and resiliency.”

In addition to the solar array, the new DPW building will be outfitted with an energy storage solution and a fully functional microgrid funded by a Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative Grant of $700,000.

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