Kent, Washington hope to employ solar heat
Updated 5:15 pm, Thursday, September 8, 2011
The town of Washington is following on the heels of Kent by entering into a contract with DCS Energy to receive free solar panels for its municipal buildings.
Washington's Board of Selectmen approved Aug. 31 entering into a possible contract with DCS Energy of South Glastonbury.
Kent had entered into a contract with the company in August as well.
By the agreement, the towns receive the equipment and electricity for 60 months on lease at no cost from DCS and the firm would get any federal or state grants and renewable energy credits.
At the end of the five years, the towns have the option to have DCS donate the panels to them or remove the panels at no cost. In Kent, ground-mounted solar panels may be installed at Kent Town Hall, the town garage, the transfer station and the waste water treatment plant.
The town has the potential to see "a reasonable amount" in energy savings, Mr. Adams said.
"I've done a lot of research on this," Mr. Adams added. "The town of Lebanon thought pretty much what we did -- this is too good to be true.
"But they said they found the agreement to be successful."
In Washington, DCS would install panels on the back roof of Bryan Memorial Town Hall, the senior center, the Bee Brook firehouse, the highway department facility, the River Walk pavilion and Gunn Memorial Library.
A ground panel would be installed at the New Preston firehouse.
Washington First Selectman Mark Lyon said the panels should save the town $10,000 annually in energy costs.
The panels on Bryan Memorial Town Hall would be on the rear of the building, flush with the roof and unobtrusive, Mr. Lyon explained.
"I think it's going to be great," said Mr. Lyon, "I have talked to a couple of municipalities that have entered into contracts with DCS -- Hartland and Lebanon -- and it works out well for both towns."
Kent and Washington will know by November if their contracts area are accepted by DCS.
Some installation fees, like digging trenches for power lines for ground mounted panels, will be covered by the towns.