News : Star Island Completes Solar Installation

Apr 9, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online.

PORTSMOUTH — This Earth Day, April 22, the nonprofit Star Island Corp. will host an informative evening with Star Island leaders titled “Going Green.”

The public is invited to this presentation on the innovative environmental initiatives under way at Star Island. The Earth Day event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St.

Learn about the island’s new solar installation – New England’s largest off-grid photovoltaic array, which will produce an estimated 60 percent of the island’s energy needs beginning this summer. The event will include a discussion by Star Island Facilities Director Jack Farrell, and Environmental Services Manager Kristen Simard from 6 to 6:30 p.m. They will highlight programs for energy and water conservation and reuse.

Living with limited resources, Star Island has made it a priority to reduce energy and water use, collect rain water for use in showers and laundry, capture and reuse heat from generators, minimize waste, and grow a portion of the food for the thousands of guests that vacation on Star Island each summer.

“Star Island is a role model for other communities,” Farrell said. “We are able to make changes and see the results immediately. Our ability to use our limited resources wisely allows us to be an example for others.”

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