Scituate: Town solar array gets final approval

Scituate Selectmen gave final approval of a solar energy field on the town’s former landfill Tuesday night. In addition to powering half the municipal government electricity needs, the town and the contractor expect the project will yield them each approximately $200,000 in revenue.

That at not much upfront cost to the town. While a solar installation costs five times that of a wind turbine, the developer assumes that expense. The town has paid approximately $9,000 in legal fees and nothing more.

Scituate remains in court and at odds with neighbors of its wind turbine situated off The Driftway. It currently produces the other half of municipal electricity. The new project on the old landfill promises no noise and no flicker. Contrary to rumor, it does not cause blinding reflections. It’s designed to absorb light.

The Town of Carver has a smaller solar array on an embankment off Route 44. The town has encountered only one problem – someone stole some of the panels.

Work is expected to begin on Scituate’s solar array as early as next month and electricity is expected to flow onto the grid by Thanksgiving.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.