Open Letter to the Town of Amherst, MA
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Open Letter to the Town of Amherst, MA

I wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper, laying out an alternative path for my town to take in its plans for going solar. It was published on October 22. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Amherst will hold its second informational meeting about the town’s plan to go solar. While that is a laudable goal, it’s equally important we make certain we’re getting the best deal we can. Big dollars are at stake to the town and homeowners, property owners and business owners — and by extension to its tenants and patrons of local businesses. Assuming 2 or…
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Ground Solar Arrays: Examining the Return on Investment
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Ground Solar Arrays: Examining the Return on Investment

You’ve likely heard of Brownfields and landfills being turned into solar farms as they have $0.00 value to ever be utilized for any other purpose. Likewise, with the subdivision market for land remaining weak and real estate development still far below pre-economic downturn levels, there is now an increased number of residential and commercial land owners now looking to solar as another profitable alternative use for their land. [adinserter block="1"] Ground arrays can range from 5kW to 30MW to 50MW and more, but for perspective, it takes approximately 5 acres to accommodate 1MW of solar. And the advantages of ground…
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EPB launches first community solar power program
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EPB launches first community solar power program

For the first time since it was created 80 years ago, EPB plans to generate its own power. The city-owned utility is looking to the sun to power a new community-based solar farm that is projected to generate enough power for about 125 homes. EPB directors Friday approved a partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority to launch Solar Share, a pilot program to construct 1.35 megawatts of solar generation to be distributed to a number of homes from a solar farm likely to be built on one of EPB's service lots. EPB is still working out the details of how…
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