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Milton School Committee to sign with Wildcat Solar LLC

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  January 9, 2013 11:40 PM

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Milton Public Schools are one step closer to having access to approximately 2.9 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity.

But the switch is still at least nine to 16 months from getting flipped, according to Assistant Superintendent Matthew J. Gillis.

School Committee members unanimously voted Wednesday to authorize Chairman Glenn Pavlicek to execute a contract with Wildcat Solar LLC.

“The sooner we execute this, the sooner it can be brought online and we can start saving money,” Pavlicek said Wednesday.

The proposed contract states that Wildcat would build a photovoltaic system consisting of about 14,000 solar panels at 218 Speen St. in Natick. The site's total annual output is expected to be 3.6 million kilowatt hours, and Milton schools would be guaranteed 80 percent of that output.

Gillis said the main source of delays would be in getting NStar approval during several stages of the leasing and permitting process.

Once the permits are in place, the array would take 90 days to construct, according to Gillis.

“I’d like to express a thank you to Matthew Gillis,” said School Committee member Lynda-Lee Sheridan. “He has worked unbelievable hours on this from the first get-go. This will bring huge savings to the school and town.”

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