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Solar Array Project

In October of 2022, upon recommendation by the Energy Committee, the Board of Selectmen issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of a 50 KwH solar photovoltaic project on public land in the Town of Sandwich, NH to meet current and limited future municipal electrical usage of the Town. The RFP was directly submitted to 30+ solar vendors and publicly posted in newspapers, on the town website and in public notice posting locations.

As the project evolved and committee discussions ensued, it was determined that a 120 KwH array would be more appropriate to meet the Committee's objectives in terms of maximizing electricity generation and minimizing cost per kilowatt hour. An addendum was therefore issued to update the RFP by increasing the proposed array size to 120 KwH.

During the 2022-2023 Budget season in light of the limited response to the RFP and the evolution of the project scope, the Board agreed to postpone action on the project and refine the RFP materials. A second (revised) RFP was later issued in July of 2023 for a 120 KwH array. The Town received two qualified bid responses (below). Barrington Power was chosen as the selected bidder; over the next several months the Selectmen, Energy Committee and Barrington Power worked to refine project details in preparation for a 2024 Town Warrant Article to authorize the purchase and construction of the array.

The Energy Committee hosted three public forums throughout 2023-2024 to educate the public regarding the proposed project. Presentation and proposal materials can be found below.

The warrant article was presented before voters during the business session of Town Meeting on March 16th and subsequently reconsidered on March 30th.  Due to the proposed borrowing of more than $100,000 for the project, the warrant article required a 3/5 majority as opposed to a simple majority. The article did not receive its required 3/5 majority approval at either session.
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Public Forums3 documents

  • December 11, 2023 Presentation
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  • January 4, 2024 Presentation
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  • March 9, 2024 Presentation
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Barrington Power Proposal5 documents

  • RFP Response - Barrington Power 9.21.23
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  • Barrington Power Qualifications 8.1.23
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  • Answers to TOS Questions - Barrington Power 9.20.23
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  • Levelized Cost of Energy Calculation - Barrington Power
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  • Sample Contract - Barrington Power
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Energy Committee - Supplemental Material4 documents

  • Energy Committee Statement on RECs
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  • Energy Committee Statement on Costs
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  • Energy Committee 120 KwH Explanation
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  • PFAs Statement - Solar Project
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Request for Proposal Materials5 documents

  • RFP Solar Array 50 KwH 10.20.22
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  • Solar Array Addendum 2.7.23
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  • Solar Array 120 KwH RFP 7.27.23
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  • Solar Array Project Executive Summary (July 2023)
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  • Response to Bidder Questions (August 2023)
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