Examining the Possibility of Alternative Energy in Historic Districts

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Could the City of Staunton go solar? Frank Strassler, the executive director of the Historic Staunton Foundation, said it might be easier than you think.

At the foundation's brown-bag lunch talk on Friday, Strassler showed how homes and businesses, in places like Staunton, can use alternative energy sources, like solar and geothermal.

He said the important thing to remember in historic districts is to not interrupt the architecture or change the character of the buildings.

Strassler said says a quick look around Staunton shows it's possible in the Queen City, "If you look around the downtown with all these large roofs on these tall buildings, you really can't see the roofs. They could be covered with solar panels. Downtown could become a large solar farm," said Strassler.

Strassler also said there are a lot of opportunities in neighborhoods across the city for peoples to share solar or geothermal sources.

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