Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Going solar: getting the village involved

Okay, I know this is a bit far-reaching at the moment to think of Ester as being a solar-powered village, since I don't even know if the Republic will be able to do it, but a girl can dream...

One development that's been stirring things in this direction around here is the work toward building a new library. At our various meetings about what we want to see and where we want to build it, supporters of the John Trigg Ester Library have expressed a lot of enthusiasm for making the new building as green as possible.

There are quite a few people in the vicinity of Ester who use alternative power (wind, sun) in their homes (Jeff Rogers and family were off the grid entirely for many years) and who are keen on sustainable building practices. Composting toilets and superinsulation are all the rage. Our dumpster diving team is probably the largest and best in the Tanana Valley. Esterites are all about cold climate housing research.

So perhaps it's not so far off the mark after all. The village is ALREADY involved, and I'm just finally jumping on the bandwagon.

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