guest post: Scott Whipple
Back in June I wrote about the Historic Preservation Commission‚Äôs approval of a proposal to install solar panels on the roof of the Sycamore Store, a historic site designated in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation.¬†
The panels have been installed.¬† Have a look.¬†
As discussed back in June, putting solar panels in a highly visible location on a historic resource is not the preferred alternative from a historic preservation perspective, and it is not appropriate in many instances.¬†But sometimes, as with the Sycamore Store, it may be the only place on a site where solar panels will operate effectively.¬†And, given the nature of the historic resource and the design of the facility, the installation may be compatible with the historic building.
With the project complete, I think the Sycamore Store installation works and illustrates well that preservation and sustainability can and do support each other.¬† In my view the Historic Preservation Commission got it right.