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New Statewide Coalition Pushes For Environmentally Friendly Energy Policies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Friday, September 11, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new statewide coalition of community groups was launched on Wednesday to advocate for environmental friendly energy policies.   On Wednesday afternoon a half-dozen representatives from groups involved announced the coalition, Mass Power Forward, in Pittsfield and similar events were held across the state.   "We're a diverse group of faith, environmental, business groups, community groups, that are fighting for climate justice, fighting to make a better future for our families," Marlon Washington, of 350 Mass Better Future Project, said.   "We believe there is a moral responsibility to make this happen. We really want to see a

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North Adams 'Cuts Cord' at Solar Array Celebration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:18PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city "cut the cord" figuratively to power dependency on oil Tuesday with the celebration of the new 3.5 megawatt solar array at the old landfill.

Some 6,000 panels were soaking up the sun as officials gathered at the crest of the facility to mark its opening that, with the city's agreements with two other 650 kilowatt systems, could save taxpayers up to $400,000 a year.

"These three systems are expected to offset all of the power used by the city's municipal buildings and infrastructure ... City Hall, the library, street lights, schools, and the state-owned, city-operated skating rink," Mayor Richard Alcombright said. "This

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