Monday, May 14, 2012

Neighbors Decry MCCC Solar Array to Cover 67 Acres of Former Cropland

When the Mercer County Improvement Authority began urging public institutions more than a year ago to put solar energy installations on their buildings, citing the benefits of energy savings, Mercer County Community College seized the opportunity.
Doug Tindall, whose family has been farming in West Windsor
since 1914, says CCC's solar project conflicts withthe zoning
of the township, which is zoned primarily for agricultural and
residential uses. The 67-acresolar installation is sited on land
formerly used for farming.

Through the MCIA, the school secured financing to build one of the largest college solar installations in the country.

Patricia Donohue, president of the college, said the school had already studied the benefits of solar energy when MCIA put out the message that solar saved money.

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