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Yarmouth Makes Energy Efficiency and Conservation Top Priorities

Posted May 24, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.

Yarmouth – The Town of Yarmouth is making a major effort to promote energy efficiency in its town buildings. It is part of Yarmouth’s long term commitment to energy conservation.

In 2013 the Town Council approved a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to have ReVision Energy install solar panels on the new public works garage. The PPA idea was brought to the Council by the Yarmouth Energy Savers Committee. The panels are now installed and will be a feature of the Public Works’ Open House on May 31st, from 9 to 1.

Through the agreement, the solar panels and installation are free to the Town; the Town will pay ReVision Energy for the power produced by the panels at 1 cent per kilowatt hour below the standard electric rate for 7 years. After that, the Town has the option of buying the panels at half price and getting the electric power for free, or continuing the current arrangement.

Yarmouth has hired Honeywell to make energy efficiency improvements to municipal and school buildings, street lights and the waste water treatment plant. Through the performance contract, the Town will not spend any money for improvements up front, but pay for the work through actual energy savings and related grants. After conducting a thorough investigation of existing equipment and systems, Honeywell will make recommendations for improvements to the Town and guarantee energy savings. Honeywell also monitors systems’ energy performance before and after the improvements; if the energy savings do not meet the guaranteed level, Honeywell will pay Yarmouth the difference.

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Yarmouth Energy Savers Committee plans to implement other energy efficiency projects with a focus on helping residents with home weatherization projects, energy audits, heating system improvements and other energy efficiency measures.

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