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The Study of Solar Power Advances in Maine-Endwell - Preliminary Data Suggests a Win Win
Last Thursday night the Board of Education began the first steps in approving a solar power energy performance contract, or EPC, that would authorize the construction of a solar field on district-owned vacant land adjacent to the Maine Memorial Elementary School. Solar power generated from the project will offset 100% of our entire electric use district-wide!
Why now? In 2007, the District purchased 32+ acres of land adjacent to Maine Memorial Elementary with a plan of creating additional athletic fields. For the past twelve years, the land has sat dormant. In 2013 and 2015 the District had preliminary conversations about utilizing the space for solar energy to offset electricity use district-wide. In August of 2018, the District began formal exploration of this concept and the Board of Education approved a feasibility study contract with Renovus Solar which included working with NYSEG to determine how much electric their system could accept if a solar project were to be built.
On September 12th, the District received preliminary findings for a solar field EPC or energy performance contract. The investment, which would include NYSERDA grant funds, and as a qualifying project from NYSED would generate state aid, will cost the District a little over $1 million (payments spread out over 18 years) while generating positive revenue of $6 million over 25 years (or approximately $240,000 year on average). What is exciting about this project is that while it provides the district with a renewable source of electricity, and will reduce our long-term costs (while generating positive revenue), it will provide our students and community with invaluable learning opportunities.
Over the next several weeks, Renovus Solar and Eisenbach and Ruhnke Engineering, P.C. will be conducting detailed surveys and renderings for a final consideration by the Board of Education on October 17th. Additionally, the Board will be conducting a special meeting on October 9th at Maine Memorial for purposes of educating the community and answering questions.