A plan for an energy organization to build solar panels around the Riverhead landfill fell apart Thursday afternoon soon after the Town Board made the decision that whilst they assistance the idea, they would really need to put out a request for proposals (RFP) in advance of finalizing any offers.
The town, especially Councilman George Gabrielsen, had been in talks with Long Island Green Power, a developer of green power websites on Extended Island, to install a series of solar panels around the town’s capped landfill.
The panels would have offered among ten and 11 megawatts to the town, sufficient to energy the town’s amenities this kind of since the sewer district and street lights. The town would have leased the land towards the company, which would then profit by offering the power they produced in the landfill, Gabrielsen mentioned, saving the town an estimated $500,000 on their electrical bill, a savings of more than 20 percent.
Long Island Green Power attended the Town Board’s perform session meeting on Thursday using a proposal to start development. On the other hand, town officials stated the town was necessary to post an RFP to do their “due diligence” if they wished to lease the house towards the developers.
“It’s extremely hard for a town not to accomplish an RFP,” Walter mentioned. “It’s very unprofessional.”
Even so, LIGE officials stated they necessary a decision by the finish with the month so they could qualify for grant funding, considering that the Extended Island Power Authority made available few incentives for green energy. Walter mentioned that was “impossible.”
Robert Cassandro, an attorney for LIGE, mentioned the company had previously invested income into carrying out preliminary reports on the web-site. Town Board members stated LIGE could even now use the reports for your RFP.
“Guys, I love the concept,” Walter stated. “But my viewpoint … is that in order to do our due diligence that we’ve got to do, we’ve to visit RFP. We cannot rush into this.”