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Ed Lewis MAS 2019

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Presentation for 2019 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Ed Lewis MAS 2019

  1. 1. Shaping the Future of Sustainability Buildings & Cities Learn about leading efforts in solar roofs, better building efficiencies, net zero energy communities, green electricity aggregation and more. • Ed Lewis – Energy Manager, Watertown • Nikhil Nadkarni - Energy Planner, Cambridge Community Development • Meghan Shaw – Outreach Director, Cambridge Energy Alliance
  2. 2. Town of Watertown Zoning Ordinance to Require Solar Installations Edward Lewis, BSME, MBA, CEM Energy / Project Manager elewis@watertown-ma.gov
  3. 3. Climate Change is not coming….
  4. 4. Climate Change is here!
  5. 5. Watertown Solar Ordinance Watertown – 4 square miles, population 35K • Proud history of Sustainability • 2010 – became a Green Community • 2013 – entered into an ESCO Performance Contract • 2015 – hired an Energy Manager • 2015 – implemented Comprehensive Development Plan • Solar assessment & LEED requirements • 2018 – passed 100% Renewable Resolution • 2018 – passed Solar Requirement Ordinance
  6. 6. Watertown Solar Ordinance Good solar deployment in Town 232 arrays, just under 3 MW DC • 218 Residential – 1,169 KW, Avg 5.3 KW • 14 Commercial – 1,823 KW, Avg 130 KW Comprehensive Development Plan 2015 • Required in depth Solar Assessments • Commercial buildings that required site plan review • Did not increase solar deployment as much as expected
  7. 7. Watertown Solar Ordinance - Timeline 2015 - Solar Assessments Required • Commercial buildings that required site review 2016 - Solar Requirement Ordinance first proposed • Resident working with Town Councilor • Sent to committee for further study 2018 - New State building / energy code requires solar zone on certain commercial and residential buildings 2018 - Solar Requirement Ordinance reintroduced & passed
  8. 8. Watertown Solar Ordinance - Reintroduced Community Development and Planning drafted ordinance Positive legal opinion obtained Public notifications of Meetings / Public Hearings Town Council reading, referral to Planning Board Planning Board review and Public Hearing • Unanimously recommended approval to Town Council Town Council Public Hearing • Unanimously approved by Town Council
  9. 9. Watertown Solar Ordinance – Overview New & renovated commercial buildings larger than 10,000 ft2 or containing 10 or more residential units Exemptions for buildings that cannot structurally or location-wise utilize solar effectively Target Solar Zone - 50% of the applicable rooftop area Parking garages will require solar installation over 90% of roof area Can be rooftop or equivalent ground mount area Ground mount does not increase building lot coverage Owned, leased, PPA all ok, Community Shared Solar encouraged Solar thermal can be considered
  10. 10. Watertown Solar Ordinance – Benefits •Decreases Watertown’s carbon footprint •Reduces pollution •Provides local economic benefits •Reduces dependence on fossil fuels •Provides marketing advantage for sustainable properties • Encouraged to install Community Shared Solar • Give residents access to roof panel production
  11. 11. Watertown Solar Ordinance Needed to pass ordinance: • 2+ years of your life • Strong advocates / champions in community • Strong & active Sustainability Committee • Sustainability focused, forward thinking Town Management • Thick skin & lots of antacids
  12. 12. Watertown Solar Ordinance To view the ordinance: https://www.ci.watertown.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/26434/2018_89 _2711_Solar-Installations To see the Planning Board Report and the ordinance: Go to the Watertown, MA website and search for: Solar Zoning Ordinance 2018-11-27 Zoning - Solar Assessments
  13. 13. Shaping the Future of Sustainability Buildings & Cities

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