The Town of Westport in the US state of Massachusetts has reached an agreement that will result in the provision of clean and affordable energy to residents.
The town has partnered with clean energy firm Ameresco to develop a 622KW direct current solar system.
The clean energy solutions firm will be responsible for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the solar farm, at its own expense.
Ameresco is leasing the land housing the solar panels from Westport and making an annual Payment In Lieu of Taxes to the town.
Westport did not put up any capital and will not need to expend any operating funds tied to the project.
The project is expected to be operational in August 2019.
Tim King, town administrator, said: “Using the closed landfill for a solar project has been an objective of the Town, the Board of Selectmen and the Energy Committee for 10 years.
“The Town is utilising a non-productive asset (the closed landfill) for a revenue-generating activity. The Town is furthering our energy goals by supporting a renewable energy source on town property. We have been very pleased with this partnership. Ameresco has been a supportive and collaborative partner to us throughout the entire process.”
“The Town of Westport is doing what other innovative and resourceful towns and municipalities should do, which is to think about ways to generate revenue.” said David J. Anderson, EVP and Director at Ameresco.