Even as they face the shortest days of the year, Williamstown residents had a ray of sunshine this month.
"As of Friday, Nov. 17, the landfill solar installation went live," Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Board of Selectmen on Monday evening. "Itís connected and it is generating power."
The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved two new package store licenses ó one on the north end of town and one at the south.
The Store at Five Corners in South Williamstown and the Express Mart at the corner of Simonds Road (Route 7) and Sand Springs Road were before the board seeking licenses to sell wine and malt beverages.
The Selectmen are telling the town's solar consultants to further discussion with Ameresco to develop a solar array off of North Main Street.
Beacon Integrated Solutions has reviewed the responses to the request for proposal to develop such an array on town-owned land and recommended that Ameresco is chosen to use up to 13 acres of land for the photovoltaic array.
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.