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Residents Sought for New Solar Energy Committee

Seven-member group will research potential projects for town lands.

Needham selectmen are looking for experts in solar energy and other qualified individuals to serve on a new committee that will be exploring ways the town can develop alternative energy projects on public land.

In particular, the Solar Energy Exploratory Committee will be researching the viability, benefits and challenges of developing solar power generation on the town’s now closed landfill.

“The board has adopted as a goal the exploration of alternative energy siting in town, particularly solar,” Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick said at the selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Selectmen voted unanimously that evening to establish the committee.

The committee will include seven voting members as well as the director of the town’s solid waste and recycling program as an ex officio (non-voting) member.

Selectmen are looking for Needham residents who may have experience in the field of alternative energy or other relevant financial and management experience to become volunteer members of the new committee. Individuals who are interested in the position should contact the Town Manager’s Office at 781-455-7500.

In addition, an article on the requests funding to hire a consultant to assist the Solar Energy Exploratory Committee with technical questions.

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