Tisbury has sun power

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To the Editor:

The electric-rate sticker shock we as individuals are experiencing due to the increase in cost of natural gas used to power the New England region’s electric generating plants is not, and will not, impact Tisbury’s town budget, because its electricity is being provided by the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative from a fuel whose cost will never increase — the sun.

The town of Tisbury signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) to purchase all of its electricity for 9.13 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the next 20 years. Tisbury’s solar array went into operation this past July. As part of Massachusetts’ net metering program, the town is benefiting in dollars and cents.

Through November, CVEC sent the town a series of 5 checks totaling $24,068. These checks will continue for the next 20 years. Hopefully, with time, legislation will be passed that will allow the Cape Light Compact (CLC), the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC), and Vineyard Power (VP) to merge so that collectively we could pursue large-scale solar using airport property and the already cleared fire lanes in the state forest. We could also pursue large-scale offshore wind projects (13 miles south of the Vineyard) that could benefit all Island residents with stable low-cost electricity for the next 20 years.

Peter Cabana

Mr. Cabana is the Dukes County representative to the Cape Light Compact board and the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative. — Ed.