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Solar solicitors seeking support

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 28, 2007 09:15 AM

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NEWTON

A non-profit group says it is about halfway to having the funds needed to install a 2-kilowatt solar panel on a municipal building to help the city save on energy costs.

As of early this week 78 people already have donated to the project, but an additional 72 were needed, officials said. The solar panel, worth about $25,000, could “take a chunk out of the electric cost for the building,” depending on it size and placement, said Adam Briggs, of New England Wind Fund, the non-profit organizers of the fundraising challenge.

The group is asking residents or businesses are asked to give a tax-deductable donation of $5 per month for a year or a one-time contribution of $100. The fund, which is not connected with the controversial proposed wind farm off of Cape Cod, promotes development of clean energy such as wind power and solar.

The deadline for the city to get up to 150 donors is March 31. Anyone interested in making a contribution is urged to call Briggs at 617-524-3950 or visit the organization's web site for more information.

-- Connie Paige

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