Nashoba Publishing, Posted: 04/21/2014 11:54:42 AM EDT
By: Amelia Pak-Harvey
DEVENS — Renewable energy is here, it’s growing and it’s actually feasible.
That was the general takeaway from the “green” building experts at a workshop on renewable energy and new construction. The discussion was one of six held by the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, two planning groups given a grant to plan sites for renewable-energy facilities in the two regions.
Carter Scott of Transformations Inc. discussed net zero energy houses that his company has built in Devens, Townsend, Princeton and elsewhere across the state.
The company did its first zero-energy home in Townsend that ranked at -4 on the Home Energy Rating System index — meaning the home actually produces an excess amount of energy that it does not need. Net zero energy homes have a score of 0.