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24 Russell Street, Acushnet MA, 02743

                             


Acushnet Fire & EMS Headquarters goes GREEN!
 

October, 2010


The Acushnet Fire & EMS Department’s headquarters is looking a little green thanks to an array of solar panels recently installed on the roof of the Russell Street fire station.

This week we officially took ownership of the solar power system that was funded through the US Department of energy’s “Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, with funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The 20 kw generating project cost approximately $150,000.

A local audit of energy consumption concluded that our headquarters was the most energy inefficient of the town owned buildings.  Work then began by the Alternative Energy Committee and the Board of Selectmen to secure funds for this and other municipal energy conservation projects.

We are very pleased that our station is the first municipal building in Acushnet to have an alternative energy source.  The ninety-two panels face to the south and capture enough sunlight to generate electricity for our building’s needs.  What is made in excess of our daytime needs is then shipped out to the grid which creates credits with our electricity provider.  Electricity for the building accounted for 34% of our energy budget in FY 2010. We expect to see our electricity cost greatly reduced.  This project also reduces our carbon footprint and most importantly – speaks to the commitment of town officials to aggressively reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

On behalf of the men and women of our department I want to thank all those responsible for carrying this energy saving project through to completion and invite all of our residents to stop by and see our new “solar system” for themselves.

 

 

 

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