Cape and Vineyard Solar One

Cape and Vineyard Solar One

The Largest Solar Development in New England

In September of 2014, Clean Focus completed the largest solar development in New England, Cape and Vineyard Solar One – a 22MW portfolio of solar across nine sites on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Seven of the nine projects are sited on capped landfill, turning these environmental liabilities into environmental assets. The output of the solar development will fuel 45% of the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative municipal electric load. They will also reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing approximately 2,700 passenger vehicles from the road.

Bringing Cape and Vineyard Solar One to fruition was a complex multi-jurisdictional undertaking. The underwriting alone was unique and posed many challenges which Clean Focus successfully overcame. Because the offtaker for eight of the nine sites, Cape and Vineyard Municipal Cooperative, is a cooperative but not the final purchaser of the electricity, the underwriting policies and approval processes had to be adapted to accommodate eight different municipalities plus CVEC itself.

The project sites in Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Harwich and Tisbury are all located on capped landfill. Building and operating on sensitive sites such as these posed additional challenges to maintain the integrity of the landfill cap over the lifetime of the solar development and the landfill itself. Two project sites in Edgartown are located on other land.

For overcoming these obstacles, this project was awarded a 2014 Renewable Energy Power Award by Novogradac.

Clean Focus provided construction and permanent financing and owns and operates all nine project sites.

“CVEC and its member municipalities are thrilled with the installation of these new solar power projects, made possible through the hard work, collaboration, and dedication of CVEC and its member municipalities. Our outstanding partners, Clean Focus and American Capital Energy, have demonstrated significant expertise and skill in deploying these valuable solar assets.”

– John Checklick, President, Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative

Capacity (kW DC) 22.11 MW
Location Name Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
City, State Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Edgartown (Katama and Nunnepog), Harwich, Tisbury, MA
Number of Sites 9
Site Configuration Ground mount (7 of 9 sites on landfill)
Date Completed September 2014
Developer American Capital Energy
EPC American Capital Energy
Offtaker Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative
Modules Sunpreme, ET Solar
Inverter Advanced Energy