Writes Matthew Freeman in The Kennett Paper on October 6, 2011:
From now on you may see East Marlborough Township officials smiling on bright, sunny days—partly because the weather is nice, and partly because they know that renewable energy is flowing into the township building.
Before their monthly meeting Monday night, the township supervisors officially unveiled a new solar-panel array mounted above the township building parking lot. The array was built by Tangent Energy Solutions, which is located in the township, and the power it generates will be sold to the township for 25 years at a locked-in, discounted rate. The construction was paid for solely with federal grants.
The array will produce 24,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year—about half of the township buildings needs. According to Tangent Energy, the clean energy it produces will reduce the township’s CO2 output by about 37,000 pounds a year, the equivalent of recycling six tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill.
Cuyler Walker, the chairman of the township’s board of supervisors, said he was glad to have a source of renewable energy at a fixed rate, since energy prices are due to rise. He also said he hoped the project would serve as an example for other municipalities.