Solar array proposed; public meeting Aug 11

At the July 7th Selectboard meeting, R.J. Adler of SunCommon presented a proposal to develop a 150kW solar array in a field owned by Stephen Payne at 2838 West Street. The array would cover approximately one acre on the west side of the road approximately a half mile south of the intersection of Route 125, and would be configured as below:

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Proposed configuration

 

 

 

Aerial view of approximate location

Aerial view of approximate location

Wider view of proposed location

Wider view of proposed location

Following the presentation there was a discussion of the proposal with an opportunity for those in attendance to raise questions and state their views not only on the proposal but also community solar as it relates to Cornwall. The meeting was well attended with many voicing their support for a community solar alternative for Cornwall but also raising some concerns about this specific project.

Since this project is the first of this type being proposed for Cornwall but will no doubt be followed by others of a similar nature, the Selectboard voted to schedule a public meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. (Exact location of the meeting to be determined.) The purpose of the meeting will be not only to discuss this proposal; but, more importantly, to enable the Selectboard to hear input from Cornwall residents regarding community solar in our town. This input will help both the Selectboard and the Planning Commission guide future community solar projects. Currently the Planning Commission is working on provisions regarding solar installations for inclusion in the Town Plan.

Additional information regarding community solar can be obtained from a US Department of Energy brochure at http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49930.pdf. Information regarding renewable energy in the Vermont context is available at http://www.revermont.org/main/.

Finally, on July 16, 2015 at 5:30 in Town Hall Theater, the Vermont Public Service Department is holding a public forum to solicit input on how the State can meet its energy goals. Further information is available at http://www.energyplan.vt.gov.

We hope to see you on August 11th for further discussion of this very important topic.

The Cornwall Selectboard