Tisbury signs power purchase agreement for CVEC solar project

Tisbury finalized a power purchase agreement and solar project development venture with the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) on Monday. Town administrator John Bugbee signed the documents with the selectmen’s authorization.

“In roundabout numbers, the solar installation at the landfill will make $60,000 annually,” Tisbury’s CVEC and Cape Light Compact (CLC) representative Bill Straw said.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) system array will be constructed on 10 acres of town land at the capped landfill near the Park and Ride lot off State Road.

CVEC is a municipal electric cooperative with tax-exempt status that works in concert with CLC. Tisbury and Edgartown are two of seven CVEC member towns on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod where the cooperative will install solar PV systems. CVEC awarded its project to American Capital Energy (ACE) in April.

Mr. Straw said ACE is looking at a January or February timeframe to start the solar array installation, which should take about 90 days.

Peter Cabana, an elected Tisbury member of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, said he recommended to the town’s planning board that the solar project be referred to the commission for review as a development of regional impact.

He said the solar project would require interconnection between the panel array and NSTAR that may involve crossing property lines. For that reason, it would be important for the developer and NSTAR to explain to the public what is involved, Mr. Cabana said.