The town of Hull may be smaller and less populated than its neighbors on the South Shore, but it makes up for those drawbacks by moving fast and furiously toward its goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2030.
Among those leading this endeavor is Jake Vaillancourt, an entrepreneur who lives in Hull and has a company that turns waste into useable material.
Relatively new to Hull, Vaillancourt helped create the town’s Clean Climate Energy Committee, and he currently he serves on the town’s Light Board. Over time, he has brought other climate activists into his orbit. That includes Concord resident Stephen Barrett, an energy consultant whose projects take him all over the country.
Barrett’s project this summer will deal with the fact that wind turbines cannot always depend on wind because sometimes the wind blows and sometimes it does not. What is dependable are tides; they come in and they go out on a regular basis. That predictability is the reason plans are underway to one day replace land-based turbines in Hull with those that will be residing in tidal waters.
So that Hull residents can have some idea of what these new “tidal turbines” would be like, Barrett this summer will place a miniature version of one nearby the Hull Gut. Named “Hull Tidal Turbine Project,” this latest evolution of what were once called windmills will be on view from mid-July through the following three months.