By MIKE SECCOMBE MV Gazette
On first glimpse, through the trees along Northern Pines Road in Vineyard Haven, the new building might be taken for an incongruously placed sports grandstand.
It’s a huge inclined rectangle, propped on poles, eight feet off the ground at the front, 28 feet at the back, looking out across a pretty green field.
But it’s not a grandstand, and its orientation has nothing to do with the view. It is so placed to catch maximum sunlight, and its entire 5,000-square-foot surface is covered in vitreous black panels. It’s a solar array. And a barn. And the shape of things to come as the alternative energy push shifts focus on the Island from wind power to sun power. Read more…