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The smashing of glass and the quiet thump of newsprint landing in bins at the Norfolk Recycling/Transfer Station provide an acoustic backdrop for another renewable project. What you won’t hear, unless you’re a few feet away from the inverters, is the sound of energy from the sun being turned into usable electricity.
On June 20, a 1.6-megawatt solar panel system had been in operation at the transfer station for one year. In that year, town officials have discovered that the sun’s rays can provide more than just warmth. For Norfolk, it’s brought in about $200,000, which has led to creation of several town jobs and helped the town with its budgeting.
“It’s so great to see something we worked hard on come to fruition and produce clean energy,” said Selectman Rob Garrity, who also sits on the town’s Energy Committee. “We saw through this project there is money to be made in solar.”