Mayor Stephanie M. Burke presented a resolution to the Medford City Council at their July 18, 2017 meeting to request authority to enter into an agreement that exceeds three years for the purchase of electricity from solar panels on the roof of the Department of Public Works (DPW). The City of Medford intends to enter into a “Power Purchase Agreement” with Solect Energy Development, LLC to purchase the electricity produced by the solar panels that Solect will install and maintain on the City’s building located at 21 James Street.
The solar panels will be installed later this fall with a goal of having them operational by January 1st, 2018. They will produce 100% of the power used by the DPW and will save the City $11,800 in their first year of operation. Having solar on the roof of the DPW is part of the City’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and climate change mitigation.
“Adding solar to all of our municipal buildings is a goal of my administration and with the support of Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy and Environment, as well as the City Council, the first building to have solar will be the Department of Public Works,” said Mayor Burke. “The DPW facility was built to support a solar installation and we are thrilled to see this come to fruition.”