News : Restaurant Gets Green Light for Solar Water System

Jun 7, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — For as committed to sustainability as Portsmouth has been, the town is equally dedicated to protecting its architectural heritage particularly in the downtown corridor. Which is what makes a recent decision by the Portsmouth Historic District Commission to allow a solar hot water array on top of Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café so significant.

In a near-unanimous decision, the Commission voted to authorize the installation of nine 4-by-8 foot flat solar panel collectors and a 500 gallon water storage tank to the roof of the Congress Street restaurant. The system will be installed by Jack Bingham of SEA Solar Store in Dover, with plans to begin construction within the next few weeks. 

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