"As a community concerned with reducing our carbon footprint and saving money for our citizens through energy reduction and clean energy projects, we are grateful for the Recovery Act funding that has made this project a reality." said John Petrin, Ashland Town Manager.
The $486K in Recovery Act funding enabled the installation of a 120-panel solar
Nexamp, a North Andover-based clean energy company, designed and installed the solar panels. This project is part of a stimulus-funded contract to install 13 solar array projects across the state totaling 4.1 MegaWatts of solar installation. The contract enabled Nexamp to expand from three to 62 employees and demonstrates the commitment stimulus has to re-
The upgrades at the water treatment plant involved the installation of variable speed motors on the water pumps. These enable the pumps to shift speed in response to demand, decreasing output when its not needed. Assistant Town Manager Mark Purple estimated that they will cut energy costs at the treatment plant up to 40 percent.
"The utility bill at water treatment plants is frequently the largest bill towns have to pay," said Jeffrey Simon, director of the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment
Total savings translate to about $75K a year but Petrin added that the upgraded motors will also extend the life of the pumps, reducing maintenance and replacement costs.
"These are true energy savings," said Petrin