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“Green” group offers solar tours as part of little e activities

Solar panels create a covered car port at new apartment building on Allen St. Recorder/Paul Franz

Solar panels create a covered car port at new apartment building on Allen St. Recorder/Paul Franz

GREENFIELD — The town’s “green” group will be offering solar tours of Greenfield over the next two weeks.

On Wednesday and April 29 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., people will have the opportunity to meet at Greenfield Solar Store at 2 Fiske Ave. near Mesa Verde restaurant on those afternoons to head out on the tours, which are part of the “little e” Home Show and Green Fair.

Participants will visit two solar homes, a new zero-energy apartment building and Real Pickles Co-op, as well as the Solar Store, to get an idea of how to convert to solar energy and receive its benefits.

Tour guides will be Bick Corsa, an instructor at Greenfield Community College, and Pam Kelly, a member of Greening Greenfield and a homeowner in town.

The group will start with a visit to the Solar Store and continue on to one of local developer Mark Zaccheo’s near-zero-energy apartment buildings, which uses a ground-mounted solar array, energy-efficient heat pump and more.

Then, it’s on to Real Pickles Co-op and then the two homes.

The “little e” Home Show and Green Fair will be held at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Greenfield Business Association, it brings together exhibitors for home improvements and green living.

The fair will include its popular Local Brewers Sampling Tent, along with workshops on home and garden to help celebrate Earth Day. Some of the workshops will include how to raise chickens in your back yard and solar energy options for 2014.

The fair will also showcase how people in Greenfield and the county live and how they make their living.

Exhibitors will offer home improvement ideas, leisure activities and new environmental products.

There will be activities for children, as well as food for sale.

For more information, visit: www.thelittlee.org.

To make reservations for the tour, call 413-475-3605.

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