News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 1, 2018
Solar energy conversation continues

by Monique Labbe

The conversation surrounding the possibility of solar energy at the Penobscot Community School continued during the October 9 meeting of the Penobscot School Board.

The subject has been a discussion topic at multiple school board meetings over the past few months, as the board has heard proposals from solar energy companies as well as from the Penobscot People’s Forum about the possibility of using solar energy to power the school.

Richard Washburn of the Penobscot People’s Forum told members of the school board at the October 9 meeting that he met with the Penobscot selectmen to discuss working together with the town for funding for the potential project. Washburn reported that he did not sense much interest from the selectmen, according to the minutes of the school board meeting, and that if there was a proposal put on the warrant at town meeting, it would have to come from the school side. Washburn said that they did not feel as though it would be a “money saver.”

School board members agreed to keep the conversation going and that it would be added as an agenda item again for the November meeting of the board.