Montague Solar Forum -- SCHEDULED

Montague Solar Forum

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm
Zoom. See below for login info.
A meeting of the Energy Committee

JOINT MEETING OF THE MONTAGUE ENERGY COMMITTEE AND MONTAGUE SOLAR PLANNING COMMITTEE

MONTAGUE SOLAR FORUM

MEETING AGENDA

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 6:30 PM

To join meeting via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86060872442?pwd=TUhzV3EyYmNma0VrNVRoR1lldUtaUT09
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See link to access the draft Community Solar Action Plan.

1. Roll call:

2. Introduction (Sally Pick, Montague Energy Committee-5 minutes)

  • Welcome, meeting purpose and goals, guidelines
  • How to ask a question: Using Q & A tool on Zoom, Q & A time after presentation
  • Montague Solar Planning Committee provided local input to UMass Clean Energy Extension students who developed draft Community Solar Action Plan, with committee and faculty reviews
  • Montague Energy Committee now working with Extension faculty & Town staff to use draft Action Plan as starting point for proactively planning for the future of solar according to preferences expressed in residential solar survey
  • UMass Clean Energy Extension faculty speakers: (River Strong & Dwayne Breger)

3. Why discuss pro-active solar planning, reasons town will face increasing solar development? (UMass – 5 minutes)

  • Montague has already installed lots of solar
  • Why it’s important to continue to plan ahead for future solar development

4. Summary of draft of Montague’s Community Solar Action Plan (UMass - 40 minutes)

  • How draft plan was developed
  • Plan includes:
    • Resource for options for solar planning for municipal, commercial (including agricultural) & residential properties/renters
      • Examples of planning options and action items provided for each target audience
      • Tables with lists of municipal & commercial properties with potential for solar
      • Summary of Community Solar Survey process and results
        • Where responding residents prefer and are opposed to solar development
  • Summary of grid capacity, based on 2022 UMass Solar Resource & Infrastructure Assessment (component of planning process)
    • Example of grid capacity in Action Plan, Figure 3 map of Montague
    • Explain how grid capacity has changed since 2022 assessment
    • Discuss ways grid capacity could expand, sample timeframes:
      • Eversource upgrades
      • Solar developers upgrade grid
      • MA bills related to grid:
        • H.4222/S.2531 Act advancing grid enhancement technologies
        • H.3992 Act to expand access to a modern grid
    • Feedback, corrections to draft plan? (Can email to SJPMEC@crocker.com)

5. Sample costs, incentives for municipal/non-profit, commercial & residential solar options (UMass - 10 minutes)

  • Elective (Direct) pay incentive for Town/non-profits: 30% payment in lieu of tax credit incentive for Town/non-profits: 30% payment in lieu of tax credit
    • Process to access direct pay
  • 30% tax credit for commercial & residential solar owned by property owner
    • Assumes have sufficient taxes due (can roll the tax credit over for as many years as necessary, provided the credit program is still in effect)
      • Other residential solar options:
        • Community-shared solar: good for renters, low-income households, those that lack land or rooftop space, those with shaded properties, etc.
        • Solar owned & installed by a third party
          • Power Purchase agreements, leases, important questions to ask about terms of contract
        • Community-shared solar: good for renters, low-income households, those that lack land or rooftop space, those with shaded properties, etc.

6. Questions: (Sally & UMass - 15 minutes)

  • Approaches to zoning for solar, restrictions, possible changes to state law
  • Other questions

7. Possible next steps: (Sally - 15 minutes)

  • Integrating pro-active solar planning into Comprehensive Plan
  • Increasing capacity of Montague Energy Committee with new members to take on solar action items such as:
    • Educating owners with large rooftops, parking lots, areas of disturbed land about solar incentives
  • Other solar-related committees/boards explore future solar sites on developed properties
  • More ideas

Thank you for your time!

Montague Energy Committee Agenda 2024-5-22 (2024-05-16 at 9:26 AM)