Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Website Committee

I recently served on the town of Carver Website Committee, and I'll be writing some articles about my experiences serving on a committee in a small town, with a very divided government. The articles will focus on honest and open government, among other things.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A truth stranger than fiction

Believe it or not, the petitioner of the Purchase St. solar project in Carver is claiming that solar panels should qualify as agricultural!

"the petitioner’s viewpoint is the project is agricultural because the panels capture the sun’s rays and process them much as a plant would"

Somebody needs a refresher course of common sense 101!

Definition of AGRICULTURE
: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A new "first" for Carver!

Ravenbrook is a good project for Carver, it's just too bad they didn't buy American hardware.

Maybe this is just another sacrifice we had to make in Town Planner Jack Hunters' master plan to make Carver into "the solar capital of New England"????

Sungrow Scoops First U.S. Utility Scale Solar Deal  by Energy Matters
Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd, has announced it has secured its first utility scale solar inverter order for the United States market.
The Sungrow SG500LV inverters will be used in the Ravenbrook Landfill Solar Project, a 6 MW ground-mounted solar farm under construction in Carver, Massachusetts.
Sungrow is China's largest string inverter manufacturer  
First to import utility scale Sungrow solar inverters from China, not really something to brag about. Probably the reason why this article ran in Australia.
Founded in 1997 by Dr. Renxian Cao, the company has 1000 employees; nearly a third of whom are R&D engineers. Sungrow Power is listed on the Shenzen stock exchange

update: I wrote a letter to the Carver Reporter on this topic

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sometimes telling the truth is a revolutionary act

Had a pretty interesting evening last night, which I hope to write about some day. But it was the perfect experience to bring a famous quote home, so I thought I'd share that with you.

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell 

Yes, this can prove true even in the smallest of towns. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What is so unreasonable about that?

The Planning Board approved the Purchase St. project because of Chapter 40A Section 3:

No zoning ordinance or by-law shall prohibit or unreasonably regulate the installation of solar energy systems or the building of structures that facilitate the collection of solar energy, except where necessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare. 

Rejecting this industrial power plant on the basis that it is an industrial project, being built on a property that's in a R/A (Residential & Agricultural) zone would have been a completely reasonable (and sane) thing to do. That's how the board could have been working for and supporting the residents of Carver.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Residents still fighting to stop Purchase Street solar project in Carver

 This issue is the one that got me motivated to finally get involved, when I first read about it in October 2011. It convinced me to go to Town Hall for my first ever meeting, the Dec 2011 Planning Board meeting. At this meeting I watched as resident after resident asked the board to not approve the Purchase St solar project, each giving valid reasons. I was appalled at the way they were treated by this board. So I started the Watchdogs of Carver.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Education (and other) spending for Carver

With the debate taking place in town concerning a new school, the Watchdogs of Carver have been researching on many issues. Trying to identify ways to help gain more support for a new school, to find solutions that bring people together for a super majority style consensus. We need to work to come up with a plan that works for as many as possible, and aim high.

We support reducing CPA from 3% to 1%, and putting the 2% towards a new school. And we plan to make that case to the residents of Carver in the coming months.