31 Jan '14, 5pm

Rewriting the Solar Energy Rules in One Small Town

Rewriting the Solar Energy Rules in One Small Town

In 2000 the town of Peterborough, comfortably nestled against the Contoocook River against the Pack Monadnock mountain*, started planning for its new wastewater treatment plant and decommissioning the old one, both located just off Route 202 a couple of miles outside of town. Part of that decommissioning plan included desludging, dewatering and filling in three shallow sewage lagoons. Fast-forwarding to 2007, the town voted to reduce its carbon footprint by 10 percent by 2010, and pursued ways to do that from recycled paper to biomass pellet heating systems on multiple town buildings: the police station, town hall, and the new wastewater treatment plant. Through all of those processes, the town kept thinking of what to do with those several acres of land at the old treatment plant -- turning those lagoons into a wide, flat expanse with no trees or wetlands. And they hit up...

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