Montague approves 23-acre solar project

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Recorder Staff
Published: 2/2/2017 11:50:42 PM

MONTAGUE — If all goes according to plan, Montague will be the home of the largest solar site in Franklin County.

Town officials have approved an Eversource solar project, which will include solar panels on 23 acres owned by Eversource near Lake Pleasant and Millers Falls roads.

The site will include 18,090 solar panels over the 23 acres as well as two acres that will be cleared so some panels aren’t shaded by trees.

It will be the largest solar site in the county, according to Town Planner Walter Ramsey.

He said the project reaffirms the Montague community’s interest in renewable energy.

“This adds to the town’s portfolio of generating renewable energy,” Ramsey said.

The project was designed to keep the aesthetic appeal of Millers Falls Road, and will be constructed 200 feet back from the road and the trees and foliage will stay in that area, creating a barrier from the road and the solar panels.

The land, which is in the Montague Plains area, was already owned by Eversource.

The conditions of the project include about 60 Eversource-owned acres adjacent to the project going to the Montague Plains Wildlife Protection. Eversource has also submitted a permit request to the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

The project is set to come before the Conservation Commission on Thursday for final approval, and scheduled to be built this summer.

Reach Miranda Davis at 413-772-0261, ext. 280

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