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Deerfield Energy Committee proposes solar array to save town $9,000

DEERFIELD — A proposed 36-kilowatt photovoltaic system at the Old Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Plant could save the town as much as $9,000 annually.

The Energy Resources Committee has proposed a small array that would produce 30 to 40 percent of the electricity that the treatment plant uses.

The projected energy savings is about 64,000 kilowatts per year, Energy Resources Committee member M.A. Swedlund said.

The full cost of the project is $144,000. About $131,000 is for the photovoltaic system. The remainder is for equipment replacements and lighting changes at the treatment plant to make it more energy efficient.

It would be funded by a $20,000 town contribution and two state grants.

The ground-mounted array would be owned by the town.

The town targeted the treatment plant for a solar system because of its location and the impact it would have.

The system would be located in the middle of a field, where little infrastructure work would have to be done. The treatment plant, along with the one in South Deerfield, is also the second highest energy user after the schools in town.

The project is separate from the 2-megawatt system proposed for the capped landfill on Lee Road. That project would have been owned by the developer and the earnings would have gone to the town. The project is on hold.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:

kmckiernan@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261 ext. 268

or @RecorderKatMcK

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