The Wellfleet Energy Committee is sponsoring an Energy Fair at the Wellfleet Council on Aging (715 Old Kings Highway) on June 18th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.Companies across a wide range of energy-related technologies including solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water heaters, heat pump hot water heaters, insulating shades and fabric drapery insulation, energy conservation and energy efficiency will exhibit at the Energy Fair. Non-profit and community organizations will also participate. Information regarding savings through rebates, tax incentives and group purchasing will be available as well as Free LED night lights. Photographs of solar installations in Wellfleet will be on display. The Community Garden and flower gardens around the building are open for people to browse. There will be speakers throughout the day presenting a wide range of topics.
The goal of the Energy Fair is to provide an information clearinghouse for Wellfleet and Lower Cape residents looking to conserve energy, become more energy efficient and adopt sustainable policies.
Refreshments are generously donated by the following Wellfleet restaurants: The Flying Fish,PB Boulangerie Bistro, Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant and The Wicked Oyster.
The Energy Fair last year was a huge success and is back due to popular demand. Wellfleet’s tradition as a leaders in solar home installations, energy conservation and energy efficiency is being supported by the Wellfleet Energy Committee’s commitment to education and community participation during this day long event.
Wellfleet- Becomes a Green Community
The Wellfleet Energy Committee just competed two major project, becoming a Green Community and the Solarize Wellfleet Program and is working on a a Solar Array at the capped landfill.
1) Wellflleet has been designated as a Green Community. There were five criteria. We passed Criteria 1 and 2, the Zoning article and Expedited Permitting article in 2013 at the annual town meeting. An article to adopt the “Stretch Code” (Criteria 5) passed the 2014 Annual Town Meeting. The Board of Selectmen approved a plan for the use of high mileage vehicles where feasible earlier in 2014 (Criteria 4) . The last step involved an energy reduction plan that was developed with the assistance of the Cape Light Compact by Larry Franke with help from Marcus Springer. Here is a draft of the plan that was reviewed with the Selectmen on 9/16/2014. The final version of the Wellfleet- Energy Reduction Plan was submitted for the BOS adoption 9/30/14.
2) We are in the early planning stages of installing a photovoltaic array on the Wellfleet capped landfill next to the Transfer Station.
3) We sponsored Solarize Wellfleet. This was an initiative to educate homeowners and businesses in Wellfleet about installing solar arrays and organizing a group buy to lower costs. The program ended on June 30, having exceeded its goal of reaching more than 200 kW of installed capacity. The program is now over and 133 households have agreed to install 655 kW of capacity, over three times our goal for the program. Wellfleet homeowners contracted to add solar installations to about 3% of the houses in Wellfleet as part of this program, making us one of the most “solarized” towns in the state.
On January 28, the Board of Selectmen reviewed a revised Aggregation Plan from the Cape Light Compact. This is the first revision in thirteen years. There was a public hearing in Mashpee on May 14 on the aggregation plan, which was submitted to the DPU and the underwent a technical review which added clarifying material.