Senator Dan Wolf
Massachusetts Cape & Islands District
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Yarmouth Celebrates the Cape’s Largest Photovoltaic Array on Cape Cod
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The largest operating photovoltaic array on Cape Cod was inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Yarmouth-Dennis Septage Treatment Facility on Wednesday June, 22.

“This is a wonderful example of how public-private partnerships can create renewable energy,” said Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich), who attended the celebration.  “If someone had to create a solar system bigger than the one we put on the roof at my company Cape Air in Hyannis, I’m very glad this is the one to do it.”

With 1200 solar panels capable of generating 276 kilowatts of electricity, the new venture will generate approximately 300,000 kilowatt hours annually and save the towns $33,000 of utility expenses in the first year alone.

Yarmouth and Dennis issued a request for proposals in November, 2010  for a photovoltaic array on town land. The Waterline Companies, based in New Hampshire, were awarded the contract, financially structured as a power purchase agreement.

“The Energy Committee, and the treatment plant Board of Management, along with the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen, are delighted to partner with Waterline to install the energy-saving and cost-reducing PV array,” said Yarmouth’s Department of Public Works Director George Allaire.

“Yarmouth is going to save nearly $1 million over the life of the system, without investing a dime,” noted Jeff Haydock, Director of Sales and Business Development for The Waterline Companies. “That alone is a remarkable feat.”

The ceremony, held at the installation on Workshop Road, was also attended by Yarmouth Town Administrator Peter Johnson-Staub, Yarmouth Selectmen Suzanne McAuliffe and Curtis Sears, members of the town energy committee Steve Gavin, Robert Palmeri, Marilyn Holle, Joyce Flynn and Jack Howard, and D-Y Regional School District Complex Supervisor Sandra Cashen.

For more technical details, and information about Waterline, contact Gina Deeb at (603) 474-7477; gdeeb@waterlineind.com.