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Why the Nantucket Landfill Should Go Solar: Because Trashy Can Also Be Flashy!

Ah, Nantucket! The land of pristine beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and... a landfill?

Yes, you read that right.

Every paradise has its not-so-pretty side, and for Nantucket, it's the landfill and dump.

Elegant? Perhaps not. But essential, no doubt.

What if we told you that this very landfill could be the key to a brighter, sunnier future for the


No, I'm not talking about turning it into a tourist attraction (though, "Visit the Nantucket Dump!" does have a certain ring to it...)

I’m talking about harnessing the power of the sun and transitioning that landfill into a solar


Now, before you dismiss this theory as just another sunburned beachgoer who's had one too many lobster rolls, hear me out.

There's a growing trend worldwide of landfills adapting solar for their practices and in their

open spaces. And there's a good reason for it. Landfills, with their vast open spaces, are

perfect for setting up solar panels. Plus, it's a great way to make use of land that's otherwise

not very useful (unless you're a seagull looking for a snack).

Thinking of the Nantucket dump specifically, these large buildings serve as a single-function space. A though they’re working hard, it’s our job at ACK Smart to transition your thinking from working harder to working greener!

By installing solar panels on these buildings and landfill spaces, we can produce more clean energy for our island, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and give these landfills a much-needed makeover.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But what about the cost? And the logistics? And the

seagulls?!" Fear not, dear reader. While there are certainly challenges to overcome, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

By investing in solar energy, Nantucket can reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, lower energy costs, and make a positive impact on the environment.

ACK Smart has been working hard in collaboration with the town to make changes and improvements like these a reality. And though the dump may be just a pipe dream for now, it’s a window into an exciting future that, well, guarantees us one.

As for the seagulls, well, they'll just have to find some sunscreen for their daily dump perch.

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