By Amy Woolvett
The community is showing an interest in solar projects and how its energy and cost saving techniques can be used for the everyday household or business in the area.
A solid amount of interest was seen during the renewable energy tour moderated by Dr. Wayne Groszko.
The event was put together by Activating the Energy Transition sponsored by the Women’s Fishnet.
The tour carried through four local sites successfully utilizing alternative energy in the area.
Twenty-five participants had a close up look at the solar water heater at a commercial laundry facility at Heritage Hall, a solar air heater made up of aluminum cans, a newly installed solar hot water system using refurbished solar panels and a aluminum can and copper pipe solar heater. The last stop was a visit to Shelburne’s small wind turbine feed-in station.
“The participants were inspired by these real examples of how people and organizations in Shelburne County are using renewable energy to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions,” said Dayle Eshelby, chair of Shelburne County Women’s Fish Net. “Participants were indoors and outdoors to see the intricacies of how the installations worked.”
Eshelby explained Activating the Energy Transition project was designed to bring information about energy change to those in Shelburne County who were interested in participating in alternative energy saving programs.
They were recently seen at the Christ Church Rectory helping to install a solar project and donating solar panels.
It became a community effort and learning experience of solar installation for anyone wanting to be a part of the project.
Shelburne County Women’s FishNet is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to support women and their families.