WELLFLEET — Nearly 300 voters turned out for the special town meeting here on Monday and approved all nine articles on the warrant, including the purchase of a waterfront property next to Mayo Beach, and the construction of a large solar array at the capped town landfill.
The solar power project has been in the works for several years and received near unanimous support on Monday. Energy committee chair Dick Elkin said that the town stands to pocket $60,000 a year from savings on electricity costs plus lease payments from Ameresco, the Framingham company that submitted the winning bid for building and managing the array of nearly 2,500 solar panels. That figure also includes $11,000 in yearly payments in lieu of taxes to the town.
“Ameresco has completed at least 12 other arrays on capped landfills,” Elkin said. “Their references were uniformly good. The company operates everything — all the maintenance and risk is theirs.”
All three warrant articles related to the solar energy project passed on voice votes. (read more)
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