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Sheep Dog Hollow: an eco-friendly renovation

Sheep Dog Hollow's green renovation is almost finished

The green renovation of Sheep Dog Hollow, a 100-year-old farmhouse, is almost finished. But wind power is still under consideration.

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But if your interest is in just learning and watching other people take the plunge into wind, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund has just announced that it will be providing regular, Web-based updates on the four small wind-turbine demonstration projects that it has set up around the state:

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“The projects, located at Coventry High School, Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon, Meriden YMCA Mountain Day Mist Camp and New Haven Visitor Information Center, are designed to provide CCEF with valuable information about the operation of wind turbines in Connecticut. Because the projects are set in diverse locations – including coastal, near-costal and inland/mountain – and incorporate diverse wind turbine systems, their performance will help clarify which types of installations CCEF should support in the future.”

The CCEF website has detailed information about each project, including site characteristics as well as what kind of equipment is used. Eventually, once the small turbines start operating, the website will provide live data “including wind speed, direction and frequency information, and turbine power output will be available, as will other system monitoring information.”

It should be a great way for anyone interested in pursuing wind, at least vicariously at first, to get a sense of what works best and where.

For now, I believe that’s what I’ll be doing. That’s because we’re running out of money at Sheep Dog Hollow. Our focus right now is on finishing up things like Sheetrock, the water well, and the septic system.

Then there’s the painting to do and electrical fixtures to put in.

But the biggest challenge, bar none, is finding more money to put in all of the wonderful finishing touches – such as those elegant, but costly 200-year-old wide- board floors we’ve been eyeing. All we have to do is sell our current house…. Good thing the real estate market is picking up!

Next: the final goodbye blog.


Alexandra Marks blogs twice a week about her green and budget-friendly restoration of a 1902 farmhouse in Connecticut. Click here to find all her blog posts and articles.

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