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Medfield Green Community Public Forum April 3, 2014
Qualifying Medfield as a Massachusetts Green Community Warrants # 34 & 35
Presented by the Medfield Energy Committee
Medfield Energy Committee
Chartered by the Board of Selectmen in 2008 5 yr. Goal: reduce Town energy usage 20% Energy savings of over $200,000 per yearInvestigating solar energy generation on Town land and buildingsMedfield is Green, now lets become a Green Community
2008 Green Communities ActPurpose: 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 grantCompetitive grant dollars available
2008 Green Communities ActTowns 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 & #2By-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
WWT Solar PV StudyAdd layout of WWT solar array
Warrant Article # 35 achieves GCA Criteria #5Adopt 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 standard15 to 20% less energy usage 14 to 22% return on investment 134 MA towns use Stretch Energy CodeStretch Code will become State Code this July
Cost/Benefit Analysis for New HomeAdded construction costs to meet codeIncrease in 30 year mortgageEnergy savingsAnnual Net SavingsLarge Home * (4,462 sq. ft.)$6.4 K $471 / year$1,455 / year$984 / yearAverage Home* (2,672 sq. ft.)$2.9 K$214 / year$507 / year$293 / yearSmaller Home* (as part of development)(1,706 sq. ft.)$4.1 K$302 / year$583 / year$281 / year* 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 HomeCost/Benefit Analysis* Under New Stretch Energy Code* 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 Home13GCA Criteria #3 & #4Plan 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 & #4Medfield will make application to the DOER for Green Community Status in Fall of 2014.
YES to Green CommunitesYES to Articles #34 & #35PAST - In 2011, GCA effort stalled:By-right siting for renewable energy R & D & Manufacturing was complex and unattainableStretch Code was new and scaryNOW- Solar PV siting very well defined & aligned with Town interestsNOW- 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