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Cemetery Goes Green

 

Here is the genealogy question of the day: what is green, takes up a lot of space, can be found in most major cities, and is increasingly being thought of as an underutilized resource? It is a cemetery.

It looks as though rising land prices and a lack of space in major cities is putting the squeeze on cemeteries in more than one way (see the related news story “From Double Decker Buses to Double Decker Graves”). Now the city of Barcelona, Spain has decided to use a cemetery as a source of 'green' power by installing solar panels on the top of the mausoleums. As reported in the Chronicle Herald, the cemetery was the only large, flat space within the city to place the solar panels. It will be interesting to see if this trend spreads to other cities.

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