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Dominion Power funded the purchase and recent installation of a five kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of the CAPE. It was installed by the Richmond-based company, Off-Grid by Design.
Dominion also accepted the Fairfield Foundation into its Solar Purchase Program, and will purchase the excess energy produced by the roof panels to help meet other energy needs.
“Over the past few months you may have noticed great progress in restoring the historic landmark,” said Fairfield co-director Dave Brown. He said electrician Patrick Karow, through the generosity of Luxterra Electrical, is restoring the building’s exterior lighting, which uses solar power to illuminate the building in the evenings.
The original roof columns have also been returned to the building along with restored globe lighting. It brings the CAPE much closer to its 1930s appearance, and “breathes life into this Main Street gateway,” Brown said.
Once the CAPE is complete and open to the community, he said it will function as an archaeology lab, working classroom, museum, preservation information center and community gathering space.