Arnie Epstein Stow Energy Working Group 6/12/13
Stow Energy Working Group Report to town administrator Not a formal town committee Sharon Brownﬁeld and Arnie Epstein Co-‐Chairs Web site – sustainablestow.org
Solar Feasibility for Town Buildings At the request of the selectmen Financials and site assessments Town facilities at a ﬁnancial disadvantage Can’t use federal or state tax credits Can’t enter into a PPA Town serviced by a municipal light plant PPA’s not allowed Project on hold
Town Facility Energy Audits Take advantage of energy eﬃciency incentives oﬀered through our utility Supported by selectmen Preparing ﬁnancials Warrant article at Fall town meeting to move forward
Residen>al Solar Energy Solar Energy Forum in April Well attended and received Good support from local utility Town residential solar initiative Online survey Modeled after Solarize Mass programs Requesting modest ﬁnancial support from town and utility Targeting this fall
Residen>al Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Audit Understand the contribution of each sector Energy use and greenhouse gas emission Home use Transportation Paths forward 2020 – 20% reduction in greenhouse gas 2050 – 80% reduction in greenhouse gas Available on sustainablestow.org
Ques>ons How do other groups work eﬀectively with town government? Have you attempted/achieved a town-‐wide solar energy initiative? What have you found to be an eﬀective means to recruit volunteers?