NESFI has partnered with Amherst-based solar company Hyperion Systems to install a 3-acre dual-use array on a 5.5-acre hay field. The panels would be elevated several feet and spaced out to allow crops to grow and animals to graze.
Lake Wallace is a living laboratory at the former State School campus on Route 202. In 2009, the Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corp. transferred the land to the School Department, which has used it to teach kids about ecosystems and biodiversity.
Caring Health Center’s planned $20 million expansion has drawn six-figure donations from two local financial institutions and attracted the support of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, after whom the new center will be named.
The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed Koch to its annual meeting at the Delaney House. The Boston Beer Company boss discussed the Brewing the American Dream micro-loan program designed to help small businesses grow.
Mayor Michael A. Tautznik led state officials, including Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, on a walking tour of the Oliver Street landfill solar array on Thursday and garnered praise for having the first such project under construction in the state.
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has awarded WiredWest a $50,000 grant to help bring high-speed Internet service into 27,000 homes, 3,000 businesses and dozens of community institutions in the consortium’s 47 charter towns.
A $70 million reconstruction project is set to begin in the summer of 2012. Called brownfields grants, the funds help “communities to assess, cleanup and redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties ... to protect health and the environment, create jobs and promote economic re-development,” the EPA said in a press release.
Gov. Deval Patrick lauded the public and private sector groups that worked to consolidate the Registry of Motor Vehicles branch and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the joint location’s grand opening Thursday.
The imaging is part of a study sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources that will analyze this data in buildings from different time periods. Anyone who wants his or her building’s information used in the study can ask by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two towns are among 18 municipalities that were designated Green Communities in December. There are 53 Green Communities in Massachusetts, including Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton, according to the energy department.
“The main purpose of this new building is because we’ve outgrown our space in the main branch,” said Easthampton Savings Bank president and CEO William S. Hogan, Jr. Construction is slated to begin this summer and the center will be open next spring, he said.
Sixteen towns in Franklin County, seven in Hampshire, three in Hampden and 21 in Berkshire have banded together to create a cooperative they are calling WiredWest, which plans to build and operate a community-owned, open-access broadband network in the member towns.