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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION MARKS 25 SOLAR PROJECTS,

HIGHLIGHTING 6.7 MEGAWATT DEVELOPMENT

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.

A 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.


Project Ribbon Cutting

CVEC’s 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.

The 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.

The 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.

For the 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

CVEC is an electric cooperative comprised of 17 towns on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard, along with Barnstable County, Dukes County and the Cape Light Compact.

CVEC 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 www.cvecinc.org.

For more information: Liz Argo, CVEC Special Projects Coordinator, (774) 722-1812 or largo@cvecinc.org

 

 

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.

 

Upgrades Underway 

UPGRADES CONTINUE AT AIRPORT

Important infrastructure and service improvements are reaching fruition. Airport commissioners and management have sketched out an ambitious plan to address long-term needs, many of which depend on federal and state grants.

Taxiway “Alpha” Relocation Done

In November 2014, work concluded on the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft taxiway adjacent to Runway 15/33, parallel to Barnstable Road. The taxiway was moved away from the center of the runway to afford an added margin of safety to moving aircraft. As part of the same project, the airport finished the second phase of the aircraft parking apron renewal on the airfield side of the passenger terminal.

Air Service Marketing

With the resounding success of the 2014 season’s daily JetBlue service to JFK in New York, the airport is continuing to shop for new air carriers – to offer scheduled and charter service beyond New York, Boston, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.  Consultant Daniel Fortnam of Marstons Mills is making presentations to candidate airlines across the country. He is outlining the case for Hyannis as a hub that can satisfy public demands for expanded service. Additionally, the airport is stepping up efforts to generate new revenue from real estate holdings inside and outside the airfield fence.

East Ramp Reconstruction Complete

The airfield’s East Ramp (along Route 28) has been fully reconstructed. The project was completed in late September 2014, ahead of schedule and within budget.

 

Airfield Solar Panels

Nearly 20 acres of ground-based panels to collect the sun’s energy and generate electricity have been installed on the airfield. The next step is for NSTAR to make a connection to its grid. This may happen as soon as late winter/early spring 2015.

Electricity generated by the panels will be used to power airport and town water facilities and resold to third parties through the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative. When fully in use, the panels are expected to shrink the airport’s carbon footprint, reduce its electricity costs by more than 17 percent and provide more than $7 million in revenue over 20 years.

NSTAR Cable Upgrade

Work is underway on the installation of a new NSTAR high-capacity electric cable on the airfield, along its easement between Mary Dunn Road, near A-1-A Steel, to Mary Dunn Way off Route 28. A conduit for the cable has been installed underneath one runway. The cable itself may be installed in Spring 2015, to provide added capacity to businesses and homes in Hyannis and Yarmouth.

Centralized Deicing

Work is underway on a new centralized deicing pad that will replace three others now scattered around the airfield. The state-of-the-art facility will reduce the use of hazardous materials. It will incorporate an environmentally-friendly process to automatically collect and separate fluids and route them directly into the town’s sewer system. Deicing fluids now have to be vacuumed manually before they are deposited into the sewer. The pad is expected to be finished in early 2015.

Above-ground Fuel Storage

The airport is poised to award a contract to build a 60,000-gallon, above-ground, environmentally-friendly jet fuel storage center. It will replace a 20-year-old underground tank which has one-third of the capacity of the new one. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015. Construction funding will come from the airport’s enterprise fund reserves.

Taxiway “Charlie” Relocation

Preliminary design and scoping for the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft taxiway adjacent to Runway 6/24 (parallel to Yarmouth Road) is underway, with reconstruction planned for early fall 2015, pending receipt of FAA funds. The taxiway is being moved away from the center of the runway to afford an added margin of safety to moving aircraft.

Questions about any of these projects should be directed to Airport Manager Bud Breault at Roland.Breault@town.barnstable.ma.us.

 


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Overall Airport Construction View

In this sky view, taken July 2014, note the dark blacktop strip to the upper left of Runway 33, parallel to Barnstable Road. That shows the partial relocation of Taxiway Alpha for better overall safety. The new work ends at the airside of the terminal where the new aircraft parking apron was built. Relocation of the taxiway was completed in November 2014.

 

East Ramp Reconstruction

This aerial view shows new blacktop in front of hangars along the airport’s East Ramp. The dirt area toward the top of the photo is where Phase Two of the East Ramp Project was completed in late September 2014, ahead of schedule and within budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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