New Hampshire island to get its energy from solar power

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PORSTMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Star Island — one of the wind-swept Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire — has a new solar power installation that will produce about 60 percent of its energy needs starting this summer.

On Earth Day, April 22, the nonprofit Star Island Corp. is hosting an event about its energy and water conservation, and reuse.

Living with limited resources, Star Island has made it a priority to reduce energy and water use, collect rain water for use in showers and laundry, capture and reuse heat from generators, minimize waste, and grow a portion of the food for the thousands of guests that vacation there each summer.

The event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth Center.

"We are excited to demonstrate the many ways Star Island is going green," said Joe Watts, Star Island's CEO. "We have invested years to find creative ways of living lightly on our island, and we want to share what we've learned with others."

The 43-acre Star Island is home to the historic Oceanic Hotel and a fishing village that dates back to the 1600s.

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