In the fall of 2011 we were asked to examine a 50-acre property with multiple buildings to see if we could determine ways to reduce our client’s carbon footprint. The historic buildings presented a challenge. There were acceptable ways to reduce energy consumption but they were not as significant as we would have liked. Likewise, the opportunities to produce energy were limited as most places to mount solar electric panels on both roofs and ground were ruled out.
Rob Meyers, who manages our energy department, happened to inquire whether our client was anticipating any additional buildings on the property. She said she had considered building a barn. We suggested that the barn could be sized to accommodate the appropriate amount of panels to serve the entire electrical needs of the property.
She accepted enthusiastically.
In the words of project architect Matt Coffey,
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