Evergreen Solar Agrees To Fix Noise Problem Or Shut Down

A solar panel manufacturing plant at Fort Devens that's been causing noise problems for its neighbors has agreed to a noise-resolution plan and faces possible shutdown if it doesn't comply.


Evergreen Solar opened the plant last year. Since then, its industrial equipment has been making round-the-clock noise that's triggered complaints from many home owners in nearby Harvard and Ayer. Now Evergreen has until September 15 to solve its noise problem or it will be forced to close.

Peter Lowitt heads the Devens Enterprise Commission, which has slapped Evergreen with two noise violations. "We would like to see the neighbors happy, we'd like to see the employees happy, we'd like to see the company happy, and we would like to see the problem resolved," Lowitt said.

Evergreen Solar officials say the company is doing more than $1 million worth of soundproofing. They also say they think they can fix the situation before the deadline.

This program aired on July 16, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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