BELFAST – When Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick bought their house on Perkins Road in 2015, it was their dream retirement home.
Built in 2011, it’s a net-zero house, meaning it produces as much energy as they consume in a year. Cement floors, extra insulated walls, large windows to let in the sun and rooftop solar panels mean they have no use for the firewood stacked outside. Their four-acre lot hosts a garden, fruit trees, bird feeders and a large area of prairie-like grass that’s favored by bobolinks and other birds.
“We’re in the country out here,” Daniels said. “It’s the last undisturbed land in Belfast.”
But 50 feet beyond the tallest pine tree on the back of their lot, the Norwegian company Nordic Aquafarms hopes to build what could become the world’s largest indoor salmon farm.
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