Chiocca Does it Again! Beech Hill Solar Array is A Go!

October 25, 2012




Rockland Town Administrator Allan Ooka Chiocca has delivered on a promise to bring a multi-million dollar solar array to Rockland. The plan has received final approval and construction will be beginning soon. The solar array will generate enough electricity to power the town for six months of the year. The town will also receive nearly $50,000 per year in a lease agreement.  This is one more in a long line of accomplishments Chiocca has spearheaded in Rockland.

However, the ink was not even dry on the state stamp of approval when rumors began swirling that a lower Cape Cod town was seeking an interview with Chiocca to fill a vacant town manager job they have open. The position pays substantially more than Chiocca currently receives. Chiocca’s fondness for Cape Cod is well known, leaving many wondering if this could be Chiocca’s last hooray.

Many hours of research and study by the Beech Street Landfill Solar Committee produced numerous proposals for the right to develop a Solar Array on the Landfill.  The Town of Rockland will receive payments of approximately $47K per year for the lease of portions of the landfill.  The current transfer station operations will continue for Rockland as always.


While the landfill area will produce approximately 2.5 Megawatts  of power, Rockland uses over 4 Megawatts.

Chiocca also entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) guaranteeing electric rates for all Rockland Municipal electrical use for 20 years. The rate reflect an annual 2% increase versus the average 5% increase over the last 40 years.  The PPA always allows Rockland to purchase an  additional 3 Megawatts of electricity  produced at a remote site in Douglas.  The combined sites will produce so much electricity that the Abington-Rockland Water department chose to also purchase electricity through this PPA, guaranteeing consistent costs containment for 20 years and potentially saving the Town of Rockland and the AR Water Department millions of dollars  over the term of the agreement.


Those savings will help keep water rates lower and funding (which would have been spent on electricity) available for other purposes at the local level.