Medfield Green Community Public Forum April 3, 2014

Report
Qualifying Medfield as a
Massachusetts “Green Community”
Warrants # 34 & 35
Presented by the
Medfield Energy Committee
Medfield Energy Committee
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Chartered by the Board of Selectmen in 2008
5 yr. Goal: reduce Town energy usage 20%
Energy savings of over $200,000 per year
Investigating solar energy generation on Town
land and buildings
• Medfield is “Green,” now let’s become a
Green Community
2008 Green Communities Act
• Purpose: to encourage energy conservation
and increase renewable energy in
Massachusetts.
• $10 million/yr grants for energy reduction
• 123 Massachusetts towns qualified as Green
Communities. $22 million in grants given.
• Medfield qualifies for $148,000 grant
• Competitive grant dollars available
2008 Green Communities Act
• Towns must meet 5 criteria to qualify:
– #1 Provide siting for renewable energy
– #2 Enable permitting within one year for sites
– #3 Develop a plan for reducing municipal energy
use by 20% over 5 years
– #4 Enact energy efficient vehicle policy
– #5 Adopt a Stretch Energy Code for new
construction and renovations
Warrant Article #34 achieves
GCA Criteria #1 & #2
• By-right siting for Solar Photovoltaic
• Planning Board approved Bylaw Section 19, Large-Scale
Solar Photovoltaic Facilities Overlay District (POVD)
• The Overlay district is the IE district (the industrial area
North of West Street)
• Bylaw will facilitate Town interest in solar energy
generation to reduce Town energy bills.
• 9 to 12% return on investment for solar
• 50 MA communities have passed Solar Bylaws, 30
have large-scale (over 250 kW) solar PV on town land
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WWT Solar PV Study
• Add layout of WWT solar array
Warrant Article # 35 achieves
GCA Criteria #5
• Adopt MA Stretch Energy Code.
• 70% of energy use in Medfield is in buildings
• Stretch Energy Code requires new buildings
and renovations built to a higher standard
• 15 to 20% less energy usage
• 14 to 22% return on investment
• 134 MA towns use Stretch Energy Code
• Stretch Code will become State Code this July
Cost/Benefit Analysis for New Home
Added
construction
costs to meet
code
Increase in 30
year mortgage
Energy savings
Annual Net
Savings
$6.4 K
$471 / year
$1,455 / year
$984 / year
$2.9 K
$214 / year
$507 / year
$293 / year
Smaller Home* $4.1 K
$302 / year
$583 / year
$281 / year
Large Home *
(4,462 sq. ft.)
Average
Home*
(2,672 sq. ft.)
(as part of
development)
(1,706 sq. ft.)
* Source: Cash Flow Analysis conducted by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) for DOER.
HERS Rating = 65 for Large Home / HERS Rating = 70 for Average and Smaller Home
Cost/Benefit Analysis* Under
New Stretch Energy Code
$583
Smaller Home
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Energy Savings/year
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Average Home
$214
Increase in 30 year
mortage/year
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Large Home
$471
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$1,000
$1,500
$2,000
* Source: Cash Flow Analysis conducted by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) for DOER.
HERS Rating = 65 for Large Home / HERS Rating = 70 for Average and Smaller Home
GCA Criteria #3 & #4
• Plan for 20% municipal energy reduction to be
developed this Summer.
• Energy efficient vehicle purchase policy in
progress.
• Approval of both by Board of Selectmen and
School Committee will fulfill Criteria #3 & #4
• Medfield will make application to the DOER
for Green Community Status in Fall of 2014.
YES to Green Communites
YES to Articles #34 & #35
• PAST - In 2011, GCA effort stalled:
– By-right siting for renewable energy R & D &
Manufacturing was complex and unattainable
– Stretch Code was new and scary
NOW- Solar PV siting very well defined & aligned with
Town interests
NOW- Stretch code mandated by State in July 2014
- adopt it now and collect $148,000 for Medfield
- do not adopt now, mandated in July anyway,
= do not collect $148,000
VOTE “YES” ON ARTICLES #34 & #35

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