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Rowe solar farm hearing continues Tuesday

ROWE — After hearing from residents, the Planning Board will begin its own deliberations in December on a 6-megawatt solar farm on part of a 100-acre wooded parcel at 276 Tunnel Road.

The Planning Board ended public comment on the Seaboard Solar electricity generating facility, and will discuss the site plan, earth removal and a special permit starting with a Tuesday meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in Town Hall.

Seaboard Solar would like to create a $15 million solar farm on roughly 35 acres owned by the Robert Dykeman family. The project overview calls for up to 21,000 photovoltaic solar modules, mounted on fixed-angle racks on grass-covered soil. Earlier this year, Michael F. Loin of Bertin Engineering said the solar project will be built 1,500 to 1,700 feet back into the woods, out of sight from either the road or from any abutter’s property.

The developer has offered to pay the town $36,000 per year as payment in lieu of taxes and give the town a 10 percent electricity discount for power to town buildings and the future elementary school. The developer has also offered to design a solar installation for the elementary school free of charge, said Kevin Parsons, a Shelburne lawyer who is Seaboard Solar’s spokesman for this project.

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