As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures cool down, the North Andover Sustainability Committee (NASC) would like to share our exciting plans for the upcoming year.
As a town committee we exist to serve you as a resource and advocate to promote environmental sustainability for the well-being of the community. We focus on resource conservation, energy efficiency, and waste reduction to achieve these aims.
With the changing autumn season, we have added four new members to our ranks. Shep Spear, Katie Champagne, Craig Lemerise, and Mike Carney have all recently joined and we are eager for them to bring their new ideas and enthusiasm to our committee. Additional new members are welcome – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Over the past few months we have created a multifaceted plan to educate North Andover residents about two new areas of opportunity that are growing in the Commonwealth: residential solar electricity and anaerobic digestion.
The Commonwealth’s Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 called for 250 megawatts of solar power installations. This has been met four years early, and Governor Patrick has set an aggressive new goal of 1,600 MW by 2020. To meet this goal there are a wide variety of loan and leasing strategies available to finance residential solar photovoltaic installations. In addition, tax credits, rebates and other subsidies made possible by state and federal programs can be obtained. The NASC will provide up-to-date information, and if there is interest, apply to be part of the next round of the Solarize Mass program.
Secondly, we will bring attention to the statewide Organics Waste Ban. Effective July 1st, 2014, any company or organization that produces more than one ton of organic waste a week – including refuse such as weeds and manure – will need to dispose of it by composting, donating what is edible to food pantries, or sending it to one of the new anaerobic digestion plants being planned around the state. Anaerobic digesters convert methane from food into electrical power. The methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, is contained in the plants and not released into the atmosphere.
Lastly, we will continue promoting recycling to residents; this tradition is central to our purpose and education is key to increasing recycling rates.
Did you know that the amount of solar energy that reaches the earth’s surface each hour is enough to power world-wide energy needs for a whole year? Now homeowners can tap into this renewable resource with updated technologies that can save energy and lower utility bills.
One such technology is the photovoltaic (PV) power system. These PV systems use solar panels to capture solar energy to make direct current (DC) electricity, which is then switched into useable alternating current (AC) power through an inverter.
As a result of net metering, MA PV systems feed the electricity produced into the utility company grid, literally running the meter backwards, and lowering the producer’s electric bill. If the system generates more electricity than used, this is credited for future use during winter months when the PV system produces less.
Along with greater energy independence and environmental responsibility, two of PV systems’ most attractive features, residential systems are also becoming more efficient and less costly to install.
Since 2011 alone, installation costs have dropped by 60%. In 2008, PV system cost was around $9/ watt. Today these installation costs hover slightly above $4/ watt, but continue to drive down. On average, residential systems are sized at 5 kilowatts (kw), which translates into a $20,000 price tag to acquire a system.
However, with very generous state and federal financial incentives, homeowners can expect to see installation costs paid for in 5-6 years, and negligible electric bills starting as soon as the system is operating. No money down leasing arrangements are available as well. Installers provide a warranty guaranteeing 20+ years of production.
The North Andover Sustainability Committee has sponsored three showings of the film
“Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America” .
The movie was meant to enlighten, entertain and motivate people to make changes in how they use energy and fuel… and save money doing so! For additional information contact Martha Mittelstaedt (see above for their email address).
The Cyr Recycle Center on Sharpners Road is CLOSED for the season.
Changes effective 7/1/2013 see above
Hours* are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:00AM until 3:00PM
This center is for yard waste only - see our web page for details
(search cyr from the front page)
A STICKER IS NOW REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
INTO THE SITE ON SHARPNERS POND ROAD- by the soccer fields entrance
Please bring your vehicle registration and a check to the DPW during buisiness hours to purchase the sticker. See the Cyr Center Rules for additional requirements and pricing information. Or for more information contact the
DPW - 978-685-0950 option 2 - During Business Hours.
*the site is closed on HOLIDAYS