2012 North Amherst solar project revived

For The Recorder
Monday, January 08, 2018

AMHERST — A solar project in North Amherst first proposed more than five years ago is being revived.

W.D. Cowls Inc., which owns the parcels off Montague and Pulpit Hill roads near Cherry Hill Golf Course, is working with Lodestar Energy of Avon, Conn., to bring photovoltaics to the site.

Cinda Jones, president of W.D. Cowls, said in an email she is working with Jeffrey Macel, co-founder and managing director of Lodestar.

Sam Malin, project developer for Lodestar, will be presenting the project to the Conservation Commission Wednesday as it holds a hearing on a notice of intent to work within a wetlands area. That begins at 7 p.m. at Town Room at Town Hall.

When Amherst Pulpit Hill was first pitched in 2012, Cowls planned to lease 20 acres to Altru Energy LLC of Conshohocken, Pa., a company that Macel also founded. At the time, the project was also presented to residents at Pulpit Hill Cohousing, whose homes are near the site.

Lodestar has done other projects in Massachusetts, including projects in Great Barrington, West Stockbridge and Charlton.