Energy Committee Minutes 5-17-19

Energy Committee 5-17-19




The Energy Committee of the Rutland Town Select Board met at 11:00 AM on Friday May 17th at Town Hall. Present was Board Clerk Mary Ashcroft, Board member John Paul Faignant, Board member Joe Denardo Administrative Assistant Bill Sweet and Ralph Meima from Green Lantern Solar.

  • The committee met with Mr. Meima from Green Lantern Solar in regards to developing a solar array on the capped landfill site at Northwood Park.
  • Meima said there are 2 types of value for the land.
    1. There is the value of the site, which is paid to the town through a lease agreement either monthly or all upfront.
    2. The reduction in the bill paid to Green Mountain Power for the municipal electric bills.
  • The committee reviewed the last proposal received from Same Sun of Vermont.
  • Green Lantern is proposing a $3500 per year lease and approximately $3800 per year in savings on the utility bill.
  • This project would pay 2 types of taxes.
    1. Local municipal tax for approximately $1200
    2. State Solar tax for approximately $600
  • The amount of net metering credits the town would get is a function of the production of the array.
  • The design and construction of the array has been updated to allow for snow to more easily slide off in the winter.
  • Our capped landfill, like others, is designated as a preferred site
  • Discussed the possibility of installing a 500KW array versus a 150KW array
    1. The land lease amount for a 500KW array would increase to between $9500 and $10,000 per year.
  • The committee asked Mr. Meima to provide proposals for both options.
  • Discussed performance monitoring ability for the array.
    1. A system is in place through Green Lantern which provides system status down to the panel level.
  • Discussed screening of the array.
    1. The permit process would require an aesthetic and archeological survey.
    2. Meima has already done a site visit with their environmental engineer.
    3. He provided some preliminary thoughts on screening but a more in depth analysis can be done after the size of the array is determined and a lease option agreement has been signed by both parties.
    4. His recent site visit may have located a potential deer yard in the vicinity of the proposed array.
    5. Meima reviewed the process of an archeological survey.
    6. Discussed the possibility of the need for additional tree cutting. More work will need to be done to determine this.
  • Reviewed the process to enter a lease option agreement to provide intent and to move forward with the project engineering design.

There being no other business the meeting adjourned at 10:40 AM.

Respectfully submitted, Bill Sweet.