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84-percent of Newtown's municipal and school electrical needs are currently met by solar power.  The Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission recently told the Board of Selectmen that the buildings will get 95 percent of their electricity from solar power next year.  That power is coming from the solar panels on schools, firehouses and municipal buildings, plus 4 kilowatts purchased from eastern Connecticut.  The Commission, charged with cutting energy consumption and promoting solar power. is proposing to apply this model town-wide to homeowners and business people.  Their goal is to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, matching the state goal.  Townwide, including homes and businesses, 13 percent of Newtown’s energy needs are harvested from the sun.

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