Deering: Town looks to add solar energy

Monitor staff
Published: 3/14/2019 2:48:45 PM

Hot topic: Town residents will whether to put solar panels on town buildings and enter into a power-purchase agreement.

The plan would have the town enter into an agreement with Revision Solar Impact Partners to put 44.5 kilowatts of solar panels on town offices and the highway department buildings.

The town would buy the electricity from the panels at 16 cents per kilowatt-hour, rising 2 percent a year after 2020, with an option to buy the system after six years at an estimated cost of $78,197. After that point, officials say, the panels will “nearly eradicate our electric bills.”

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $2.13 million, up 1.2 percent from this year’s tally.

Noteworthy articles: The town wants to buy a new fire engine for $500,000, of which $300,000 would come from the Fire Department Equipment Replacement Capital Reserve Fund with the rest covered by a 10-year lease/purchase agreement. The first year’s payment would be $23,643.

The new engine would replace a 1986 fire truck which had various problems. Among them, said Town Administrator Russell McAllisterm, is the fact that it has a standard transmission and many younger firefighters have never learned to drive a “stick shift” vehicle.

Another article would change the town clerk’s position to full time. Currently the office is not staffed on Tuesdays. The change would cost $10,729, about two-thirds of which is health insurance, which is not offered to part-time staffers.

When and where: The town meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the Town Hall, 762 Deering Center Road.




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