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Status of Solar Energy Exploratory Committee (SEEC)
Committee Minutes

DECEMBER 2015 - presentation to the Board of Selectmen on current status

October 2012
- Town Meeting appropriates $15,000 to assist committee in exploring feasibility of siting solar on town properties

December 2012
- Board of Selectmen appoints seven member committee. Town Manager appoints RTS superintendent and PPBC project manager as support staff.
- First meeting of the Solar Energy Exploratory Committee held on December 17 to explore feasibility of siting solar on capped landfill and other town property.

January - April 2013
- Committee begins bi-weekly meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm to review available information, meet with towns that have sited solar on landfills, interview developers, and examine other issues related to siting solar on capped landfills and other town property.

May 2013 
- Committee gives presentation to BOS on May 14 reporting that the committee has concluded that placing solar on the landfill is appropriate use of land and can be done at a nominal cost with significant financial benefit to the town. The Committee requested and received authorization to move forward to develop an RFP for developer. Report to Selectmen

July 2013 
- Using funds authorized at October 2012 Town Meeting the town contracts with Beacon Integrated Solutions as Owners Agent to assist in RFP development and evaluation.

August 2013
- Committee develops RFP.

September 2013
- RFP issued September 11 seeking developer to construct solar on landfill issued. View RFP
- Committee developed six warrant articles that will be necessary to construct solar on landfill.

October 2013
- RFP Responses received on October 4 - 11 companies responded. View list of respondents

Press Releases

Useful Websites

Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MaassCEC)

Local Organizations
Communities with Solar on Landfills
For a list of Massachusetts landfills for which the MassDEP has issued post-closure use permits allowing for the development of solar, wind, or other renewable energy projects.

Useful Documents
Resources available from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)

Resources from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Massachusetts Green Communities
From the Solar Energy Exploratory Committee (SREC)
RFPs from other Communities
  • Sunderland

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