EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
MARKS 25 SOLAR PROJECTS,
AT BARNSTABLE AIRPORT
HYANNIS, MA - The Town of Barnstable led an Earth Day celebration
April 22 to mark the completion of 25 photovoltaic (solar) projects made
possible through the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC), the
regional non-profit energy cooperative.
Airport Commissioners Stephen Cobb and Vice Chairman John Griffin.
ribbon-cutting celebration was held at the airport, highlighting the
town’s solar project. At 6.7 megawatts, it is the largest of CVEC’s
combined projects installed across Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard since
2013. The combined airport project is one of the largest solar farms in
New England with some 24,640 solar panels spanning the airport and
adjoining property owned by the Barnstable Fire District.
25 solar energy projects, totaling 27.8 megawatts, are the result of the
organization’s Round 1 and Round 2 photovoltaic initiatives that have
been under way since 2011. With the completion of the airport and fire
district project, there will be equivalent electricity flowing in all
CVEC projects to power 3,170 homes.
green energy will generate financial, educational and environmental
benefits to 20 participating governments and power consumers. The
financial benefits are estimated to be $2.3 million by the end of the
first year. At the end of 20 years, the estimated benefits will have
grown to more than $65 million.
environmental benefit from the 27.8 megawatts of solar energy is
estimated to offset the equivalent of about 50 million pounds of carbon
energy. A carbon offset of this size is equal to taking 4,850 cars off
the road each year.
Round 1 CVEC photovoltaic initiative, the Lowell-based firm of American
Capital Energy led the construction. For the Round 2 initiative, which
includes the airport project, the New York City-based firm G&S Solar
directed the construction.
About the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative
an electric cooperative comprised of 17 towns on the Cape and Martha’s
Vineyard, along with Barnstable County, Dukes County and the Cape Light
was formed in 2007 out of a strategic planning process commissioned and
undertaken by the Cape Light Compact. CVEC’s objectives include
developing and/or owning renewable electric generation facilities, and
procuring or selling long-term electric supply or other energy related
goods and services at competitive prices to member communities and
consumers within the communities. The web site is
more information: Liz Argo, CVEC Special Projects Coordinator, (774)
Daily Jet Blue Flights From Hyannis To New York Will Resume June 18th, 2015
HYANNIS – Non-stop, daily jet service between Hyannis and New York City will resume June 18 of next year and continue through Labor Day, September 8.
JetBlue is accepting flight reservations on its JetBlue.com web site and continues to offer low fares.
The JetBlue service between Barnstable Airport and JFK Airport will begin eight days earlier than in 2014.
“We are thrilled to have JetBlue back next season,” said Airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault. “The service was extremely successful last summer; its
superb service attracted more than 12,000 passengers in both directions over 11 weeks.”
“JetBlue’s New York service was a smashing success,” said Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. “We are looking to build on that
strong performance and demonstrate long term to JetBlue that Cape Cod is a first rate destination for them.”
According to the airline’s web site, flights will depart Hyannis daily at 1:14 p.m. and arrive at JFK at 2:29 p.m., a flight time of one hour and 15
minutes. The Hyannis-bound leg is scheduled to leave JFK every day at 11:27 a.m. and arrive at 12:38 p.m.