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Small U.S. city operates entirely on solar power

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North Adams is a small American city with a very bright future. Tammy Daniels reports for iBerkshires that the city of about 14,000 has switched from fossil fuel to solar to power municipal buildings and infrastructure. City Hall, the library, schools, street lights and a public skating rink now draw energy from the sun. North Adams is in the state of Massachusetts, about a three hour drive west of Boston.

Mayor Richard Alcombright cut a “ceremonial” electrical cord at an event earlier this month to debut a US$9 million solar installation at a former landfill. The 6,000 solar panels are expected to save the city an estimated US$400,000 a year, the article says. The savings would be passed onto taxpayers. “The array offsets about 2,989 tons of carbon annually, or the equivalent of 630 cars,” Daniels writes. 


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