Norwich  To Revisit Solar Proposal

Published: 4/24/2018 12:10:00 AM
Modified: 4/24/2018 12:10:02 AM

Norwich — The Selectboard on April 11 voted not to assign “preferred siting” status to a solar array proposed off Route 5 North. The board may take up the matter again on Wednesday.

Developers of the 500-kilowatt project, to be located in a Norwich Fire District-owned gravel pit north of Patchen’s Point, asked the Selectboard to bolster its application to the Vermont Public Service Board under Section 248, the regulatory process governing energy installations.

Towns can help Section 248 applicants by declaring their locations “preferred sites,” a designation that carries financial benefits and can be included in the Town Plan.

Facing delays from the lengthy approval process for the new Norwich Town Plan, the solar developers asked the Selectboard to expedite things. The Norwich Energy Committee lent its support, too.

Some board members last Wednesday expressed concern about moving forward without first asking abutters, according to meeting minutes.

After a 2-2 vote — Selectman John Langhus recused himself, citing business ties with the developer, Norwich Solar Technologies — the board put the item on its agenda for this Wednesday.

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