The technology is available. It is just a matter of the right policies and right actions to make it happen.
That is what a cvoalition of environmentalist believes when it comes the state becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy. On Monday, local leaders and organizations joined for a summit to dive into the issues.
Some 11 acres of heavily vegetated land on East Street is eyed to be cleared to make way for a commercial solar array.
BVD Solar is seeking a special permit to construct a 1.9-megawatt array on a 73-acre percent near Winesap Road - the parcel just to the west of the Yankee Orchards. Of that 73 acres, 20.6 will be cut off from the parcel for the solar array installed and 11 acres of that will need to be cleared.
Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in wood furnaces. He doesn't need more natural gas.
Crane is one of some 500 businesses which have signed onto a petition against Gov. Charlie Baker's push for more natural gas.
The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District may seek regionalization opportunities for the disposal of wastewater treatment plant sludge.
The district granted Adams representative Edward Driscoll permission to contact the city of Pittsfield to see if there was any interest in utilizing the Covanta facility to burn sludge.
A new report being released in two weeks will highlight the city's efforts toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center will release the report in two weeks which aims to urged municipalities to boost their efforts in moving toward more renewable energies and urging the state to pass aggressive energy policies to move the entire state to 100 percent renewable.