Peggy Aulisio, November 18, 2010. FAIRHAVEN — Solar panels were installed at the West Island Satellite Treatment Plant this week. That's one down and two more to go.
Solar panels are also being installed at the Fairhaven Board of Public Works building and the Sludge Building being built on Arsene Street. Work on the DPW building is expected to begin later this week or early next week, depending on the weather.
Geoff Haworth, chairman of the Fairhaven Board of Public Works, said the projects were undertaken "to make our wastewater plant as energy efficient as possible. With this grant for the solar panels, we are doing our part to promote locally generated, non-polluting energy."
Mr. Haworth said the solar panels will save Fairhaven ratepayers $15,000 a year. He said, once completed, the 102.7-kW solar project should generate enough electricity annually to offset approximately 179,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.
The panels and are being installed by Nexamp and its partner, Florence Electric. Link to Article