Westwood goes green to save some green

Bergen County officials are trying to determine how to power the borough of Westwood with solar power.

A piece of land behind Westwood's Department of Public Works will be filled with models of town buildings. Using mirrors, sunlight and the models, borough officials hope to calculate how much power the town could generate from the sun.

"The federal government has Area 51, where they do some of their experiments ? this is where the borough of Westwood's doing its experiments in sustainability," says borough administrator Bob Hoffman.

Westwood officials say they hope to get off the energy grid within five to six years. In addition to solar power, a micro-turbine in the Pascack Brooke will be used to generate additional electricity. Westwood has also been utilizing hybrid police vehicles.

It is estimated that the use of alternative energy will save taxpayers about $150 per year.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."