Electric cooperative resumes work on solar projects

Photovoltaic projects near completion in Edgartown. — Photo by Steve Myrick

The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CVEC) announced Friday that it has begun construction of its second round of Photovoltaic (PV) Initiative projects. The announcement followed the takeover by G&S Solar Installers, LLC of New York of projects from Broadway Electric Company and an agreement with subcontractor Fischbach & Moore Electric Group.

Broadway Electric, the company contracted to construct the sets of solar panels in Tisbury and West Tisbury, and 17 others on the Cape, went out of business in January.

The work stoppage in January 2014 had resulted in unanticipated delays for the CVEC Round 2 PV projects, which were required to be completed by June 30, 2014 under the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out program, according to a press release. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources granted CVEC’s Round 2 PV projects 30 additional days to complete the installation work while maintaining qualification for the S-REC 1 program.

There are 18 Round 2 PV Initiative construction projects to be resumed or initiated, including the one at the West Tisbury landfill.

Round 1 PV projects being installed or near completion include a project at the Tisbury landfill and two projects in Edgartown.

CVEC President John C. Checklick of Falmouth said, “With the resumption of the Round 2 project construction and the expected total installation of about 28 MW of solar energy by the end of 2014, CVEC will have successfully leveraged the Green Communities Act by bringing the financial benefits of Net Metering to all 20 of its Cooperative member towns and counties.”