Solar Energy Potential In Stow

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Suitability Requirements

Orientation

• Ideal: Southern facing ~ 7 – 8 hrs of generation time per day
• Less suitable: East/West facing ~ 5 – 6 hrs on either side of ridge. Panels on both sides can generate for up to 10 hrs but costs more
•Not suitable: Northern facing

Space

•Minimum 10m2 of roof space
• Roof slope of 35 – 40 degrees or less
• No shadows during generation hours
• Minimal sun obstruction

Insolation

•Stow gets ~ 4-5 kWh/m2/day. This is moderate

GIS ANALYSIS OF SOLAR ENERGY SUITABILITY IN STOW


REGIONAL SOLAR SUITABILITY

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CENTRAL STOW

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SECTION 2

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SECTION 3

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SECTION 4

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SECTION 5

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SECTION 6

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SECTION 7

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FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY FOR SOLAR ENERGY

Initial installation of PV cell panels can cost up to $19, 000, with a pay-back period varying from 20-30 years based on the solar suitability at the location. However, there are many federal and state tax and rebate incentives can cut cost of solar installations down to $6,000.  Hudson Light, the energy supplier for the town of Stow has recently a program to encourage increased use of solar energy. This incentive aims to save  customers $100 annually. In addition, Hudson Light also provides a free meter to its customers to sell extra energy generated back to the grid.

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State Financial Incentives

Financial Incentives Corporate Deduction

Excise Tax Deduction for Solar- or Wind-Powered Systems

Corporate Exemption

Excise Tax Exemption for Solar- or Wind-Powered Systems

Industry Recruitment/Support

Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Patent Exemption (Corporate)

Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Patent Exemption (Personal)

MassCEC – Sustainable Energy Economic Development (SEED) Initiative

Local Loan Program

New Generation Energy – Community Food Service Efficiency Lending Program

New Generation Energy – Community Solar Lending Program

Personal Tax Credit

Residential Renewable Energy Income Tax Credit

Production Incentive

Massachusetts DOER – Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance – Renewable Energy Certificate Incentive

Property Tax Incentive

Renewable Energy Property Tax Exemption

State Rebate Program

MassCEC – Commonwealth Solar II Rebates

MassCEC – Commonwealth Solar Stimulus

Utility Rebate Program

Chicopee Electric Light – Solar Rebate Program

Concord Concord Municipal Light Plant – Solar Rebate Program

Mansfield Municipal Electric Department – Marblehead Municipal Light Department – Solar Rebate Program

National Grid (Gas) – Commercial Solar Thermal Rebate Program



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