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Opinion

March 26, 2013

Support for solar farm in Newbury

To the editor:

Climate change has reached inland Newbury in the form of a solar farm, rather than erosion of the barrier beach’s shifting sands.

The first voices of concern have come from the Scotland Road neighbors, just as it has been homeowners on Plum Island who have spoken out right away, and understandably so.

However, there is a longer view to be considered.

Newbury has used much of its land for homes and highways and preserved more, since the common pasture site of the proposed solar farm was created. Yet we have still supported the resurgence of locally grown food with such examples as the Colby Farm next to the Pikul land and the regionally known Tendercrop Farm. Another success is the growth in residences and businesses that include horses for recreational use.

It seems only right that we should do our part to reduce the use of fossil fuels as well.

That means encouraging solar farms, wind turbines and other green-energy alternatives.

In the case of the Sage Stone’s solar farm proposal on part of pasture owned by the farming Pikul family, we will be supporting both the survival of our farmers and the continued growth of green energy.

That’s what I call a win-win, not a NIOCP (Not In Our Common Pasture).

John Harwood

Newbury

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