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New Bedford at forefront of renewable energy

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By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

The City of New Bedford, once the ‘whaling capital of the world’, is now quickly becoming a national leader in renewable energy.

The city has been developing wind farms off the coast, and is now installing solar panels in 10 different locations.

While many cities nation-wide are exploring solar power, New Bedford has one of the most extensive programs.

The city saves $1 million a year on its electric bill, which at this point, ranges anywhere from $6 million to $7 million.

Beaumont Solar Co., a renewable energy systems provider based in New Bedford, installed many of the city’s solar panels, and even trains high school students at the vocational school to install and keep up the systems.  

According to city officials, the panels are just one step in the city’s move towards more renewable energy sources.

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