Last Wednesday evening the Dennis Historic Committee approved the installation of solar panels on the front of the Dennis Police Station. This is a historic achievement because the committee was divided over the issue of appropriate appearance. Due to the diligent efforts by the Dennis Alternative Energy Committee, the solar panels proposed had a unique anti-reflective coating that actually made the solar panels change color to match the sky. During an on-site visit, a solar panel was placed on the roof of the police station (see picture above) so the Historic Committee could evaluate the look. Because of the design of the panels and the grid configuration, the color appeared somewhat brown and grey as opposed to the blue color of the actual solar panel. Additionally, the Historic Committee was convinced by the applicant that through the manufacturer's warranty and the requirements of efficient solar energy capture, the panels would be properly maintained throughout their time on the roof. Finally, the location of the police station reduced the impact of the solar panels on the surrounding neighborhood and the historic district.
Once the solar panels are installed, the Historic Committee and the residents of Dennis will determine for themselves if the Solar Panels detract from the overall good or add to it. In either case, history will be made.