Yarmouth turns on the largest solar panel installation on Cape Cod

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Wed, 06/22/2011


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Peter Johnson-Staub, Steve Gavin, Senator Wolf and James Hasselbeck check out the view from the roof.

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Senator Wolf with Waterline officials TJ Murphy, Jeff Haydock and James Hasselback

Senator Wolf joined Town of Yarmouth officials and representatives of The Waterline Companies at the Yarmouth-Dennis Septage Treatment Facility to commemorate completion of the largest operating photovoltaic array on Cape Cod with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday June, 22, 2011.

The ceremony was attended by both state and local officials including Senator Daniel Wolf,  Lance Lambros, District Representative to Congressman Keating representing the 10th District of Massachusetts, Town Adminstrator Peter Johnson-Staub, Department of Public Works Director George Allaire, town selectman Suzanne McAuliffe and Curtis Sears, members of the town energy committee, Steve Gavin, Robert Palmeri, Marilyn Holle, Joyce Flynn and Jack Howard and DY Regional School District Complex Supervisor Sandra Cashen.

The Towns of Yarmouth and Dennis, MA issued a request for proposal in November of 2010  for a photovoltaic array on town land. The Waterline Companies were awarded the contract based on their ability to satisfy the  technical qualifications of the proposal and the capacity of their proposed system design to provide value to the town. This 276 kW roof mounted array was financially structured as a power purchase agreement and designed by Waterline to include 1,200 Canadian Solar 230W panels. The system will generate approximately 300,000 kWh of electricty annually and will save the towns $33,000 of utility expenses in the first year alone.

This project is one of those rare occasions where it’s a victory for everyone involved. The town of Yarmouth is going to save nearly $1,000,000 over the life of the system, without investing a dime.