Monday, October 4, 2010

No Solar Panels for New Fitchburg Library

Link to October 1 article.

Excerpt: The library oversight board estimated it would cost about $184,000 for some of the solar infrastructure to be installed. However, since the Fitchburg Center Architectural Review Committee did not want the angled panels, the city must look for alternatives.

Fitchburg Center partner and Promega Corp. founder Bill Linton and his wife Mary started a capital contribution fund for the library by donating $1 million towards the project. But more importantly, city administrator Tony Roach explained, Fitchburg Center has had architectural review rights dating to when the land was sold to the city in the late 1980s.

Library Building Oversight Committee member Alexandra Ramsey said she researched what the city would need to do to have solar panels on the roof of the library. At the Sept. 1 committee meeting, she said she had spoken with representatives from Fitchburg Center and that they said netting would need to be installed to hide the solar panels

Related articles:
Library construction pictorial progress report.  (9/13/2010)
Bids come in under budget.  (7/2/2010)
Library groundbreaking.  (4/13/2010)
City set for library groundbreaking.  (4/11/2010)
Library receives anonymous $1 million matching donation.  (2/3/2010)
Geothermal heating encouraged for new Fitchburg library.  (1/12/2010)

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