Oct. 19, 2006: The Boston Globe

Summary: A rebate program to encourage small renewable energy projects has, in its first year and a half, awarded nearly $4 million to 400 homes and businesses — fueling a trend toward energy independence that is becoming increasingly common in this region.

At Sassafras Hill Farm in Plymouth, the roof is tiled with solar panels that provide more than enough hot water to heat the house, so the horses get warm showers. At Steve MacAusland’s century-old farmhouse in Dedham, solar panels and an efficient oil burner have freed him from electricity bills. By tomorrow, Extrusion Technology Inc. in Randolph plans to start using 192 solar panels mounted on its roof to supply 5 percent of the supply for the energy-intensive aluminum extrusion process.

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