State Approval Expected to Improve Vineyard's Solar Opportunities

Eversource earlier this month received the green light to beef up its electrical infrastructure on Cape Cod, making it easier for Island solar projects to tie into the grid.

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Solar Projects Remain in Holding Pattern

Since 2022, Eversource has been telling customers on the Vineyard that the utility company cannot take on any solar projects larger than 15 kilowatts — and in some instances 25 kilowatts — while it plans to beef up a Falmouth substation that services the Island.

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Solar Energy Looks to a Bright Future, But Growth Faces Industry Obstacles

The Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee has reported 1,127 solar arrays currently installed on-Island, up 18 per cent from the beginning of 2020, but expensive grid upgrades stand to cast a shadow over the industry’s progress.

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Solar Panels Power Oak Bluffs Fire Station
Landry Harlan

The roof of the Oak Bluffs fire station debuted a new look Sunday morning following the recent installation of solar panels by CVEC.

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Edgartown and CVEC Reach Compromise Over Budget Gap
Sara Brown

Edgartown selectmen have come to an agreement with a regional energy collective after an earlier impasse about how the town would contribute to the organization.

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Edgartown Balks at Energy Cooperative's Request for Extra Funds
Sara Brown

Following heated discussion, Edgartown selectmen sent the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative back to the drawing board over a $100,000 budget shortfall.

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Oak Bluffs Water District Defends Forest Clearing for Solar Project
Alex Elvin

At a turbulent public hearing before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week, a plan by the Oak Bluffs water district to clear forest for the town’s first municipal solar array came under fire.

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Hearing Reopens on Revised Oak Bluffs Solar Plan
Alex Elvin

A plan by the Oak Bluffs water district to build a solar array off Barnes Road has been downsized, but continues to draw heat from ecologists who oppose removing a large swath of old-growth forest.

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Large Solar Array Planned in Oak Bluffs
Alex Elvin

The Oak Bluffs water district hopes to offset costs by developing a three-megawatt solar array off Barnes Road.

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Solar Canopy in the Works for Up-Island Cronig's
Heather Hamacek

In a step toward energy independence and following the success of solar panels at their Vineyard Haven location, Cronig’s Market is planning to install a nearly $2 million solar canopy at its up-Island location.

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