Marshfield: Officials endorse solar array power purchase agreement

Marshfield selectmen unanimously voted Thursday night to support a power purchase agreement to build a solar array to provide electricity to the town’s municipal buildings.

Marshfield Selectmen Chair Matt McDonough said the power purchase agreement will result in substantial savings in electricity bills for the town’s municipal buildings.

“The power purchase agreement selectmen are endorsing with No Fossil Fuel is a 20 year agreement that will allow us to purchase our power at 10 cents per kilowatt hour. Essentially that amounts to savings of about $200,000 per year and it could be as much as $4,000,000 over the course of 20 years”.

McDonough explained that although the selectmen could have just signed on to the deal themselves, they felt that residents should have the final say with a vote at annual town meeting April 23.

“According to town counsel we could have just approved it. In the course of our negotiation we determined that because it is a 20 year contract that we’re locking into, we wanted to make sure that all the folks in town were empowered with all the information about the contract. So we decided to make it a clause in the contract that it needed to be approved at town meeting”.

The solar array would be built on private property on the Sylvester Ray landfill on Clay Pit Road.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.