How was the project awarded?

On August 9, 2019, the Town of Nantucket issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of municipal solar projects at a variety of Town facilities and properties, including: the Surfside Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), Nantucket Memorial Airport, DPW, Public Schools, Public Safety Facility, Landfill facilities, and Wannacomet Water Company properties.

On January 31, 2020, SunPower was selected as the winning bidder by an inter-department municipal evaluation committee to develop two municipal projects: a small (grant-funded) roof-mounted system at the Surfside WWTP and a larger ground-mounted array at the Wannacomet Water Company property, located at 1 Milestone Road. A third proposed project: a solar carport at the Public Safety Facility, has since been put on hold as the Town prioritizes the Surfside and Wannacomet projects.

In December, 2020, SunPower and the Town executed initial agreements to construct the project at 1 Milestone Road. Over the course of the following two years, many significant changes were made to the project design in order to mitigate potential impacts and mitigate concerns of local stakeholders. Additionally, in June, 2022, TotalEnergies, a broad energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale, acquired the Commercial and Industrial Solutions business unit of SunPower. As a result of these changes and modifications, new contract amendments were negotiated and approved in December 2022 to construct the projects with TotalEnergies as the successor to SunPower.

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1. How was the project awarded?
2. Who will own the project?
3. What is the proposed scope and scale of the project?
4. What clean energy benefits will the project provide?
5. What economic benefits does the project provide?
6. Is solar a permissible use on water company land held for water supply purposes?
7. How much land will need to be clear cut to accommodate this project and how will the clearing be conducted and managed?
8. Does this project impact any endangered species?
9. What approvals does the developer require before constructing the project?
10. Will the project impact the island’s aquifer/water supply?
11. Does the project pose a toxicity risk to the public water supply (i.e. PFAS/Gen-x)?
12. What happens to the project components after the 25-year project term?