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US Fish & Wildlife Service in Hadley  goes solar

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  • KEITH SHANNON<br/>The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

    KEITH SHANNON
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

  • KEITH SHANNON<br/>The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

    KEITH SHANNON
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

  • KEITH SHANNON<br/>The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

    KEITH SHANNON
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

  • KEITH SHANNON<br/>The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.
  • KEITH SHANNON<br/>The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.
  • KEITH SHANNON<br/>The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has installed 416 solar panels on the roof of its Hadley headquarters. The project will supply at least 10 percent of the building's energy needs.

As the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service approaches its 20th year in Hadley, the agency is investing in environmental sustainability.

A key feature of that is a new rooftop photovoltaic solar energy system that will include 416 panels. Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Lapis said the panels will supply about 10 percent of the building’s electricity needs.

Next year, the service plans to document the efficiency of its energy systems and apply for LEED certification.

It was in 1993 that the agency moved to its new quarters from an office in Newton. Along with the solar-energy work, the service has been upgrading its infrastructure to keep up with advances in green building. Lapis said the building’s air-conditioning and heating systems have been upgraded, areas have been recarpeted (with recycled carpets) and painted using non-VOC materials, and plumbing now features automatic faucets and flushing units.

Lapis said the projects were linked to a renegotiation of the agency’s building lease. The building is owned by the Pearson Companies Inc. of West Springfield.

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