Hope seeks proposals for potential solar project

Any solar plan may need approval from town voters
By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 11, 2019
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Hope — The town of Hope has reached out to local solar companies, seeking proposals for systems that would provide solar energy for town buildings and possibly the school.

Selectmen have not committed to the project yet, but the town wants to see whether it would be feasible and cost-effective. In November, the town established an ad-hoc committee to look into options, led by Chris Pinchbeck. It now has posted a request for proposals document on the town website and reached out to four companies to learn more.

Pinchbeck said Jan. 10 that Insource Renewables, Sundog Solar and Revision Energy are expected to submit proposals by the Feb. 4 deadline.

A site-visit meeting was set up for the companies to look at the proposed location, a field off Route 105 near the Town Office, Friday morning, Jan. 11.

The town's Solar Committee will write a report and provide a recommendation to selectmen at the Feb. 12 selectmen's meeting.

The solar companies are expected to provide proposals to generate electricity for the Town Office, Hope Corner Fire Station, South Hope Fire Station and the Salt Shed. They will also be able to provide proposals for multiple scenarios, some including just power, some including heat, and one including the Hope Elementary School.

Selectmen will likely decide based on how much the proposals would cost. The issue may have to go to a vote of the residents at town meeting, and the school board would have to approve any projects involving the school.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jan 12, 2019 16:01

A great idea! Good for the environment and good for the people!

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