DOVER, MA– Hale Reservation has partnered with BlueWave, a Boston-based solar company, to build a community solar farm on their property. Mark Sylvia sat down with Dover-Sherborn Cable TV to discuss the opening of the 1.4 megawatt Dover Community Solar Project, which will allow local homeowners to choose clean energy while saving 10 percent on their monthly electricity bills.
The project will provide homeowners and small business owners with the option to support local community solar development; it will be the first community solar project to serve Dover, and the entire Eversource northeast service territory. While only about 20 percent of homes have viable rooftops for solar, community solar allows customers to sign up for solar net metering credits (or “shares”) of clean, renewable energy generated off-site from a nearby solar farm.
Similar to a community garden, a community solar farm provides economic benefits to surrounding neighborhoods while contributing to state emissions reduction and environmental quality goals. In its first year of operation, the Dover Solar Farm is estimated to eliminate 1,200 tons of CO2 — the equivalent of taking nearly 300 vehicles off the road — along with reducing electricity bills.
The full interview can be found here.