RICHMOND — A plan for a solar installation at the Richmond Consolidated School is expected to provide nearly all the school's power needs — and save the town up to $285,000 over 20 years.
The Select Board and School Committee have given unanimous approval to the solar installation on the school's roof. The 172-kilowatt system should provide close to 100 percent of the school's electricity needs year-round, he said.
"I'm excited about this project; it's the kind I really enjoy," said Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski.
Following the Select Board's approval, the town signed a letter of intent with Solect Energy, based in Hopkinton.
The project will require approval by voters, potentially at a special town meeting early this spring, Pruhenski said. The solar panels would need to be installed by the end of June in order to qualify for tax credits.
Under the agreement, the town would not pay for the equipment or installation. Instead, the electricity supply would be purchased from Solect, which would bear the upfront costs, at a more favorable rate than the town's current supplier, the nonprofit Hampshire Power group purchasing co-op based in Northampton. (read more)
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