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Clifton Springs basks in solar power

At first, Clifton Springs Mayor Bill Hunter wondered if the proposition before him and other village officials was for real.

But over time, the proposal for a 351.54-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array introduced in May 2014 began to make more financial sense, and served a larger different purpose, Hunter said during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event and tour of the array site Thursday.

Ninety-seven percent of scientists claim that fossil fuel use is leading to climate change, Hunter said. And here was an opportunity to make a difference, on a small piece of land the village really had no use for, for a village that likes to be on the “cutting edge of things,” he said.

“To that end, one of our responsibilities is to do the best we can to stop that situation,” Hunter said. “We’re excited about the possibilities.”

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