Scituate Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi said, “the wind turbine facility has delivered relative to two important town goals: to provide additional revenue to offset increased operating costs which has allowed us to use these funds to subsidize part of the debt for the new middle school and public safety complex, and to become the first community in Massachusetts to be using renewable energy sources for over 100% of our electrical needs.” The arrangement with Scituate Wind means that the Town is insulated from spikes in electric rates such as consumers are currently experiencing. Electric rates have increased over 170% since the turbine first when on line less than three years ago, in April of 2012.
Scituate, which is home to both the wind turbine and a large solar array on its closed landfill, has been recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for its activities under the Green Communities Act, receiving over $252,000 in grants from the state for other energy initiatives. All of the electricity produced by the turbine and the solar installation is net metered to the Town’s municipal accounts. The renewable energy certificates associated with the turbine project are sold to the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, allowing all of the output from the wind turbine to be accounted for locally.
Gordon Deane, manager for Scituate Wind issued a statement saying “All of us associated with Scituate Wind are very proud of what the Town has accomplished and the benefits which we’ve been able to provide to Scituate. While the project has faced operational challenges, Scituate Wind is working with its operations provider to implement a multi-step equipment and software improvement plan to increase available operating hours and annual production. Scituate Wind is optimistic that these upgrades will provide increased benefits to the Town going forward.”