Scituate: Town Saving a Bundle From Renewable Energy

Scituate is the first community in Massachusetts to generate 100% of its power for public buildings from green energy sources.

The town installed the solar farm at the former landfill 2 years ago and the wind turbine was erected 3 years ago on the Driftway.

Vice-chair of the Scituate Board of Selectmen John Danehey said each project has earned the town over $250,000 annually.

“Presently the town has continued to make money off the wind and solar projects. Originally we anticipated about $250,000 from each project and they have exceeded that. Currently its $280,000 with the solar and roughly $300,000 with the wind turbine,” said Danehey.

Danehey also said for each rotation of the turbines blade the town receives 7¢ and if it’s not running, they still get paid.

“Of that rotation whatever the dollar amount is for the company that is selling it we are getting 7¢. If the wind turbine is not functioning we still get 7¢. So in other words we are guaranteed a sum each year for the wind turbine. So if its running or not we are getting paid,” said Danehey.

Scituate uses the money produced by the solar and wind projects to help allocate the towns master plan and also keeps some in reserves.

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