To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC facilitated for 14 cities and towns.
Sudbury leases the land to a private developer and purchases the electricity from the solar array at a cheaper price than they would otherwise pay. The project is projected to produce 1.9 MWh of electricity per year and save the town between $100,000 and $150,000 per year.
Find out more about MAPC’s Clean Energy services at http://www.mapc.org/clean-energy.
—Brenda Pike, MAPC Clean Energy Intern
This is the fourth in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first three, focusing on local energy planning in Medford and LED streetlight conversions in Arlington.