Wicked Local Burlington | By Gerry Tuoti
September 13, 2016
With the hope for a greener future a priority for many cities and towns throughout Massachusetts, including Bedford, the idea of solar panels powering parts of the community may become a viable option.
Last month, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that will require the state to procure more renewable energy from offshore wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, landfill methane and other “clean energy” sources.
However, many city and town governments have been charging ahead with local efforts to boost the use of renewable power sources for several years.
More than four in 10 communities have installed solar panels on at least one municipal property, and 86 percent have completed an energy audit of at least one city or town building in the past decade, according to Environment Massachusetts.
“In Massachusetts, we can get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center. “We have enough wind and solar potential to meet our energy needs many times over. The good news is local communities are already taking action. Communities big and small in all parts of the state are moving to adopt clean energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.”