The benefits of the system are expected to last 25 years or more and save the county $3,000 a year. The project, which is expect to generate more power than the Stourbridge Project can use, is currently on hold awaiting the availability of additional funds for the statewide grant program.
Jack Barnett of the Clean Energy Cooperative recently revisited the project with the Commissioners in light of the lack of grant funding. He has proposed, instead, for the Cooperative to build and own the system and the county would pay for the electricity at a fixed rate for 25 years. Barnett said the county would have to spend some money on the project, since the per-kilowatt hour-rate is slightly higher than the current contract price.
The Commissioners tentatively approved the project, which allows the Clean Energy Cooperative to conduct due diligence investigations in preparation for a final agreement.