Wendell to get solar planning help thanks to grant
May19

Wendell to get solar planning help thanks to grant

WENDELL — The town is one of three Western Massachusetts communities set to benefit from a 15-month grant awarded to a team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Clean Energy Extension that will lead development of solar siting and financing procedures.The project will demonstrate “bottom-up” solar-siting processes driven by residents and town officials, and offer models for evaluating financing mechanisms that can keep solar...

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Kestrel Land Trust acquires 40 acres at base of Mount Toby
May16

Kestrel Land Trust acquires 40 acres at base of Mount Toby

SUNDERLAND — An Amherst-based conservation nonprofit recently purchased a 40-acre parcel of land at the base of Mount Toby to further local conservation efforts.“It’s a beautiful piece of forestland that deserves protection,” said Kristin DeBoer, executive director of Kestrel Land Trust.The parcel, sold to the land trust by Ann and Raymond Samson for $272,000, includes 10½ acres of land east of Cross Mountain Road and 30 acres west of...

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Conservation nonprofit acquires land at base of Mount Toby in Sunderland
May14

Conservation nonprofit acquires land at base of Mount Toby in Sunderland

SUNDERLAND — An Amherst-based conservation nonprofit recently purchased a 40-acre parcel of land at the base of Mount Toby to further local conservation efforts.“It’s a beautiful piece of forest land that deserves protection,” said Kristin DeBoer, executive director of Kestrel Land Trust. The parcel, sold to Kestrel Land Trust by Ann and Raymond Samson for $272,000, includes the land 10½ acres east of Cross Mountain Road and 30 acres...

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Electric vehicle charging station coming to Northfield Town Hall
May14

Electric vehicle charging station coming to Northfield Town Hall

NORTHFIELD — The next rural Franklin County town in line to have a public electric vehicle charging station installed may be Northfield, following a Monday Selectboard meeting in which members settled on a host agreement with Eversource. The agreement will see Eversource provide power to the charging station, which will be installed by the parking spaces at the right of Town Hall. The charger could service two vehicles at once.“My...

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Deerfield enacts green infrastructure policy
May10

Deerfield enacts green infrastructure policy

DEERFIELD — In celebration of Earth Day, the Deerfield Selectboard adopted an innovative “Green Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency Policy” on April 22. According to a press release from the town, the goals of this new policy are to promote climate resiliency and the use of green infrastructure in public and private development as a cost-effective and sustainable practice for storm water management.The policy is expected to be a...

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AG sues solar array developer over environmental damage in Williamsburg
Apr29

AG sues solar array developer over environmental damage in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a Pennsylvania developer alleging “irreparable harm” caused by polluting of the West Branch Mill River and damage to more than two acres of protected wetlands.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against Dynamic Energy Solutions LLC alleges the company violated federal and state water protection laws during the 2018 construction of a 4-megawatt,...

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