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Vt. project in hot water for solar panels

April 11, 2010

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt.—A Brattleboro building project is in hot water with the federal government for solar hot water panels on the roof.

The Times Argus in Barre says the historic factory building was boarded up after several uses over the years. In the latest renovation, the Windham Housing Trust decided to put solar panels on the roof to reduce the cost of heating water for the building.

But the U.S. Park Service, which oversees historic preservation, says the roof panels were not in the plans for the building as approved. That could mean a loss of more than $800,000 in federal tax credits.

A compromise is in the works to modify the solar panels.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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