Projects

Chronological Highlights

  • (2019-2021) Heatsmart Program a community clean energy initiative for property owners supported by the state and our town government. To help transition away from fossil fuel-based heating, HeatSmart Marshfield presents 4 clean heating and cooling technology options: (1) cold climate air source heat pumps (ASHP), (2) ground source (or geothermal) heat pumps (GSHP), (3) modern wood heating, and (4) solar hot water. Learn more about HeatSmart Marshfield : http://wepowr.com/hsmarshfield
  • (August 2020) Marshfield is awarded a fourth Green Communities grant of $200,000 to fund energy conservation measures. Link to Info
  • (December 2019) Solar Array Project on Town’s Capped Landfill The Board of Selectmen voted to award a contract to No Fossil Fuel to construct a solar array on the town’s capped landfill on Clay Pit Road – bringing in $21,717,172 over the course of the 20-year contract. Construction and installation of the new 5.9 megawatt array will begin in 2020, with operations anticipated to begin in 2021. In addition to the array, a 3 megawatt battery will also be installed to store excess energy produced. Link to Patriot Ledger Article
  • (October 2019) Town issues a Solar RFP for Town of Marshfield Capped Landfill at Clay Pit Road- Information and Questions The Town of Marshfield, acting through its Board of Selectmen, hereby seeks competitive bids for the lease of Town-owned real property to design, permit, construct, own and operate a commercial or utility class Large Scale Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installation (“Installation”) and associated equipment for the purpose of creating renewable electrical energy. The Town will consider an option to enter into a power purchase agreement to purchase energy created by the proposed Installation
  • (August 2019) Marshfield is awarded a third Green Communities grant of $246,661 to fund energy conservation measures, LED lighting, steam trap survey/repair, mechanical insulation, and administrative and technical support, in municipal facilities including Daniel Webster Elementary School, Furnace Brooke Middle School, Town Hall, Martinson Elementary School, and Eames Way Elementary School Link to Info
  • (April 2019) Community Choice Aggregation – Citizens Article Passed at April 2019 Town Meeting What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?Community Choice Aggregation allows a community to easily switch to cleaner sources of electricity for everyone who is on basic service (residents and small businesses) and take positive action on the increasingly important issue of climate change.
    This is a process, enabled by a 1997 state law that allows towns and cities to choose electricity that is generated in a way that aligns with their community’s values and to have local control over their electricity sources.See the full COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION FOR MARSHFIELD FAQ for more information. Citizens Petition Articles  for the Annual Town Meeting 17 & 18. Town Meeting Warrant
  • (July, 2018) Marshfield is awarded a second grant of $200,000 to fund energy conservation measures. Link to Press Release
  • (February, 2017) Marshfield is awarded Green Communities Status and $182,720 of grant money. Link to article
  • (November, 2016) After reworking the application with an improved Energy Action Plan, the Marshfield Board of Selectmen approve submitting a Green Communities Application to the State of MA. Prior to approval from the Selectmen, the Energy Committee along with other Town employees and Boards completed the 5 criteria required to be a Green Community. Upon approval from the State, Marshfield will be eligible  to receive grant money to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
  • (October, 2015) Marshfield Board of Selectmen approve submitting a Green Communities Application to the State of MA. Prior to approval from the Selectmen, the Energy Committee along with other Town employees and Boards completed the 5 criteria required to be a Green Community. Upon approval from the State, Marshfield will be eligible  to receive grant money to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The application was denied.
  • (Fall, 2014) Marshfield Town Meeting passes Green Communities Stretch Code.
  • (December 1, 2013) NSTAR is pleased to offer a series of rebates and services to Marshfield homeowners. The program is supported by the Marshfield Energy Committee and the Board of Selectmen Click to open the Marshfield Insert  which will also be mailed to homeowners.
  • (Spring 2013 Town Meeting) After evaluating the Real Goods Solar Power Purchase Agreement Proposal and the No Fossil Fuel Power Purchase Agreement Proposal the BOS has decided to move forward with the No Fossil Fuel Agreement for the Sylvester Ray site. The BOS presented this as an article at Town Meeting in April and the article passed. This agreement will save the Town money on energy. Given the limits of Net Metering, a municipal solar project at Wheeler Pit with a corresponding power purchase agreement with the Town will not be moving forward.
  • (March 2013) Real Goods Solar submits a Power Purchase Agreement to the Town for the Wheeler Pit only due to restrictions on the size of an agreement that could be executed due to Net Metering and the Town’s energy consumption.
  • (August 1, 2012) Issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Solar Array on Town owned capped landfill and Wheeler Pit from solar energy developers.
  • (June 11, 2012) The Board of Selectmen approved a bond purchase agreement for the purchase of the Town’s $5M of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to fund the Energy Management Services project.
  • (April 26, 2011, Annual Town Meeting) – Energy Management Services Project of $5,000,000- Article 3 is approved
    • Proposed energy conservation measures include seven (7) boiler plants, ventilation units and new windows at Eames Way ES and Daniel Wester ES. insulation and 24/7 centralized, Web-based controls and monitoring. In addition to much needed infrastructure improvements, this program would also reduce energy costs and our town’s carbon footprint.
  • (October 24, 2011 – Special Town Meeting) Articles 18, 19 and 22 are on the agenda which relate to the town’s the potential Carolina Hill Wind Turbine Project.
  • (June 2011) Submitted a Wind Turbine Feasibility Application to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MCEC).
  • (April 28, 2011) Town Articles 19 and 21 Approved Related to the State’s Green Community Program
  • (March 10, 2011) Hosted a MA State Climate Protection Network Meeting sponsored by ICLEI. Speakers from NASA, EPA, MA Department of Energy Resources, Boston and Cambridge made presentations about MA Climate Change. Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies was a featured speaker.
  • (February 28, 2011) Applied Science Associates (ASA) approved as Wind Turbine Feasibility Consultant
  • (December 1, 2010) Issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Wind Turbine Feasibility Consultant
  • (October 18, 2010) Produced Energy Audit Videos of Town Facilities
  • (June 4, 2010) Milestone 1 Completion Award from ICLEI for the Town’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
  • (April 26, 2010) – Town Meeting – Wind Bylaw Approved. Also a Marshfield Energy Committee Municipal Wind Turbine Update was presented.
  • (March 1, 2010) Sponsored Wind Education Workshop presented by Megan Amsler of Cape Cod Self Reliance and Marshfield’s Town Planner.
  • (February 22, 2010) MassEnergyInsight Training
  • (January 19, 2010) Attended Green Communities Seminar conducted by Mark Sylvia, Director of the Green Communities Program in Quincy, MA
  • (November 30, 2009) Carolina Hill Wind Turbine Site Recommended
  • (November 30, 2009) Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Inventory Accepted – Click to open the Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
  • (October 19, 2009) Energy Audit Approved at Special Town Meeting
  • (October 1, 2009) Energy Savings Contract Presentation at BOS Meeting by Eileen McHugh of the MA Department of Energy Resources.
  • (August 18, 2009) Green Communities Presentation by Mark Sylvia, Director of the Green Communities Program.
  • (June 24, 2009) NSTAR’s Marshfield Energy Challenge Report
  •  (April 7, 2009) Green Communities Application Submitted to the Department of Energy Resources.
  • (March 23, 2009) Wind Turbine Site Survey Application Submitted  to the MRET’s Wind Collaborative for review.
  • (January 2009) http://www.marshfieldenergy.org Launched – An Energy Committee member personally funded the creation and maintenance of this website. The official minutes are kept on the Town’s web site.
  • (October 2008) Sponsored Educational Series on Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy