Montville harnesses sun for power
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Abigail Curtis writes:
In Montville, the rays of the sun soon will be turned into electricity to power all municipal buildings, and that thought makes Administrative Assistant Susan Shell light up in a big smile.
“We’re very excited,” she said recently. “We thought, why not try to get our town further away from dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels?”
That thought led to the drafting of a grant proposal to request a grant for some American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds designed to help municipalities complete renewable energy projects.
The grant was accepted, which meant that the western Waldo County town would receive 90 percent of the money needed to install 42 solar panels on the roof of the Montville Sand Shed and to make two other town buildings much more weathertight. The $44,733 grant has meant a lot to Montville, which has long been known as a progressive community, Shell said.