AT THE APRIL 18 SELECTBOARD MEETING, the Board approved a proposal by Will Cosby and Lloyd Crawford to focus on the Highway Department Garage roof as the potential site for a new Town solar power (PV) facility. This addition would be funded under the provisions of a MA Green Communities grant. The reasons cited for choosing that particular location included:
♦ Even though it is located in a narrow valley, that site has better total southern exposure to the sun than the others;
♦ The garage roof is an engineered structure that may be better suited to supporting a solar array than some of the others;
♦ The size of the roof may allow for an array that is large enough to best support the Town’s power needs; and,
♦ There are no future plans to otherwise modify or add to that structure.
Other sites under consideration were the Firehouse and adjacent fields in East Hawley, and the Town Office.
Next steps will be for the Town to put out a bid request prior to submitting a specific proposal to the State. For more information on the Green Communities program, click HERE.