Community Solar in Action: A Trip to the Dover Solar Garden

By Christie Young

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This past week, the Boston-based members of the Solstice team (and honorary canine solar ambassador, Kugo) took a trip to visit our new community solar farm in Dover, MA. This 1.4 MW facility supplies electricity to local residents at a reduced price, and sits on top of a capped landfill next to the town’s transfer station. It’s an ideal place for a solar farm, as the land can’t be used for anything else due to the toxicity of the old landfill. It’s in a relatively remote area, surrounded by greenery, but participants can still visit the source of their cheap, clean electricity when they come to the dump to drop off their trash. Best of all, the land belongs to Hale Reservation, and rents from the solar farm lease go directly to helping them conserve this beautiful nature.

The project is expected to offset approximately 1,300 metric tons of CO2 each year, equivalent to removing 270 cars from the roads or planting 1,250 acres of forest. The project will also create local jobs and help Dover achieve Green Community status, which will allow the town to apply for additional grant money from the state. It’s truly a win-win-win-win for everyone involved!

Our Community Outreach Associate, Madeline, and customer Doug, who serendipitously visited the solar garden at the same time as the team.

Our Community Outreach Associate, Madeline, and customer Doug, who serendipitously visited the solar garden at the same time as the team.

One of our customers, Doug, happened to stop by with his family, and was happy to indulge us in another photoshoot with our Community Outreach Associate, Madeline, who had guided him through the Solstice enrollment process over the past couple of months. When Doug signed up with Solstice, he was allotted a specific amount of the electricity generated by the panels, based on his past average energy usage. Through a mechanism called ‘virtual net metering', Doug receives a credit on his bill based on how much electricity his particular portion of the farm produces. Doug doesn’t own the panels, he subscribes to their benefits: that’s why there’s no upfront cost for him. His participation through Solstice guarantees savings on his electricity bills, and he's happy to know he is supporting clean energy, benefiting his local community and the planet as a whole.

 

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