June 25, 2014 - A solar installation built on a former 29-acre municipal landfill that has since been capped and covered with soil in the town of Scituate, Massachusetts has been chosen from a pool of 21 finalists to receive a 2014 "Photovoltaic Project of Distinction" award from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
The 3 MW, 12.5-acre "Scituate Solar I" project makes Scituate the first town in the United States to operate 100 percent of its city-owned facilities with renewable energy. The project features 10,560 polysilicon panels and includes design and engineering considerations that maintain the integrity of the sensitive landfill cap. An online monitoring system that measures the project's real-time and cumulative energy output is accessible to teachers, students and the general public.
Scituate Solar is expected to produce 3.825 million kilowatt-hours per year and save the town $200,000 a year from net metering. read more>>>