Erving solar array plans moving ahead

  • A field of solar panels in rural western Mass. Recorder file photo

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/6/2018 9:36:48 PM

ERVING — The zoning for a six-acre solar array on Northfield Road has been approved by the town Planning Board, contingent on the Conservation Commission’s approval.

Soltage, a New Jersey-based solar company, hopes to build a solar photovoltaic development on a plot of land at 151 Northfield Road. The overall development would be 10 acres, while the solar panels would take up six acres.

According to Soltage Director Mike Zimmer, the development is estimated to cost approximately $3 million and the company hopes to begin construction at the end of summer. Soltage is working with the town to arrange a tax break, but an amount has not yet been determined.

Zimmer also estimates that the solar-electric panels will have a lifespan of 20 to 35 years.

Just under three acres of trees at the edge of the field will have to be removed from the site to avoid shading the solar arrays.

The Conservation Commission met about the proposal earlier this week and planned to make a visit with a “third party” to the proposed site later in the month to make sure all questions had been addressed.

The power of the array would not exceed 1,000 volts of DC current, according to project manager Stephen Rutherford.

A 7-foot fence will be built around the perimeter, and high voltage signs will be placed in the area.

“We’re all in favor of green energy and solar energy on the Planning Board,” said board Chairman Michael Shaffer.

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