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Downing & Kulik Announce MTC Renewable Energy Grant for Huntington
October 17, 2008

Huntington- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington) announced today that the Town of Huntington has been selected to participate in the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s (MTC) solar-powered lighting system program. Solar-power lighting systems will be installed to illuminate Huntington’s War Memorial Monument at Town Hall.


“There are so many ways that we can incorporate renewable energy options into everyday life,” said Downing.  “By selecting this location, MTC will simultaneously showcase the viability of solar power while using renewable energy to call the public’s attention to this monument. I am pleased this Huntington location has been chosen to participate in this program - the more we highlight renewable energy initiatives the faster they become recognized as affordable, mainstream options.” 


These solar-powered lighting systems have been made possible through a grant from the MTC’s Renewable Energy Trust Fund.  Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #7 have donated their time to install the systems.


Representative Kulik said, "These funds will serve two purposes. First, they will provide suitable illumination to the town's War Memorial and save the town money for utilities. Second, it will serve as important public demonstration of solar energy and its values to our society. I congratulate the town of Huntington on this award."


The intent of these awards is to showcase and promote clean renewable solar energy, while assisting cities in their municipal beautification efforts.  The solar-powered lighting systems are fabricated in Framingham by SolarOne Solutions.  Systems are programmed to provide 7 hours of peak lighting and the rest of the night the lights will dim to 30% of the peak lighting, with 6 hours of post-dusk and 1 hour of pre-dawn lighting.





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