The Special Town Meeting of January 26, 2010 voted to appropriate $9.5 million for the costs of the designing, acquiring and constructing of two wind turbines for the production of electricity for use by the Town. The Town of Dartmouth is in the process of finalizing its feasibility analysis of two wind turbines in Town land in the Paskamansett Valley.
An aerial view of the proposed sites can be found by clicking here. This site is adjacent to the Public Works Water Treatment abd Sewerage Treatment facilities. Both of these facilities are large users of electrical power. In March 2011 the Town was awarded $400,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center - Commonwealth Wind Incentive Program.
The June 2010 Annual Town Meeting authorized the leasing of town land to construct and operate wind turbines by private parties with the Town purchasing the energy.
In addition to wind power, the Town is very supportive of solar power. The June 2011 Town Meeting approved a ByLaw allowing by-right Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations. The Town recently signed an agreement with Borrego Solar Systems to construct a 1.45 megawatt facility on 10 acres of the Town landfill. Construction is anticipated to start in November 2011 and be operational in the spring of 2012. Additionally, Borrego has plans to develop a 6,900 solar panel farm off Reed Road. Con Edison Development of New York has constructed the largest Solar farm in New England, an 8,000 panel farm on a site on the Dartmouth side of the New Bedford Business Park.