Solar Emergency Shelter CommitteeYork Middle School could be the pilot site in Maine for a series of solar-powered emergency shelters, under plans being devised by the York Energy Efficiency Committee.

Bill Young of the Florida Solar Energy Center, which received federal funding to install solar electric emergency power systems on 100-plus schools, came to York on Thursday to see if a similar program could be established in Maine. And YMS would be the first.

Renewable energy is really important, but it has just so much appeal,” he said. “When you can tie it in to public safety, it starts taking on more importance. And when you can provide emergency power in disaster situations, you’ve really caught people’s attention

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