Vineyard Power's mission, as a 21st century utility company, is to produce electricity from local, renewable resources while keeping the benefits within our island community. This mission includes photovoltaics.
New legislations at the state and federal level have formed a market-based incentive program and tax-credits for renewable energy systems in order to support companies like Vineyard Power (VP) in developing, commercial, and utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) here on Martha’s Vineyard.
By completing these solar projects Vineyard Power gains valuable organizational skills. These abilities will help our organization reach our long term renewable energy goal of building a community owned offshore wind farm.
On November 2, 2011 Vineyard Power responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP), issued by the Town of Aquinnah, soliciting requests for the installation of a solar photovoltaic system on their one acre capped landfill.
The Town received two responses; Vineyard Power and Sunquest Energy, based in Florida. The Aquinnah Selectmen chose Vineyard Power with the town approving this selection at a Town Meeting on December 7, 2011.
The 50KW array will produce enough energy to power the Town's Municipal electrical load including the Town offices, police & fire stations, library, street lights, and public bathrooms and eventually save the town over $10,000 per year in electricity costs. We estimate this project will be producing electricity by the end of the 2012 and is one of the first solar installations on a capped landfill in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Cronig's Phase 1
Cronig's Market in Vineyard Haven: This 210kW photovoltaic installation - to be built in two stages - will produce over a quarter of Cronig's electricity, equal to the combined usage of about 35 average Vineyard homes. Phase one was completed August 24, 2012.
Phase 1 Data Reading November 29, 2012. Generation to Date = 42,816kWh.
Cronig's Phase 2
Construction of a third solar canopy at Cronig's began October 9, 2012.
Construction of a 100kW solar array at the Chilmark Landfill began on May 12, 2014.
MV Boys & Girls Club
Our newest solar array is officially up and running. Located at the Martha's Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, this 42 kw project is expected to provide 50,000 kwh a year, providing enough energy to offset 100% of the MVB&GC demand!
Stay tuned for more updates.