Planning for green energy: What prompted Wareham to come up with a solar bylaw (Wareham Wicked Local 10/29/17)
WAREHAM – In what seemed to be a rush of solar proposals this fall, there grew a common concern among residents and town leaders that this new way of garnering energy needed to go through a series of steps with the town – like any other business or utility – to ensure it conforms with town goals and addresses the concerns of residents who live nearby.
Planning for these solar arrays is going to be a crucial question for communities across Massachusetts, and the country, as more traditional resources for energy get shut down. In Plymouth, the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant is in the process of decommissioning and is due to be shut down in two years, and in Somerset, coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station shuttered its doors in June. (read more)
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