Board supports solar project, rejects another

This article by Ed Damon originally appeared Nov. 28 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — The Select Board this week voted to support one of two solar energy projects proposed by a New York developer, while rejecting support another.

Members voted unanimously on Monday to support the Battle Creek I project, which is before state energy regulators, with conditions. But they voted unanimously against Chelsea solar, a controversial project that came before the town again, this time in a revised form with a smaller footprint.

Both ground-mounted solar installations are being proposed by subsidiaries of Allco Renewable Energy.

Select Board Vice-Chairman Donald Campbell, speaking about Chelsea during Monday’s deliberative session, said, “It doesn’t fit with our town plan language and we’ve already been down this road.”

Planning commissioners were “very clear,” said Assistant Town Manager Dan Monks, that Chelsea solar did not fit language in the town plan, which says only solar arrays located within preferred areas can exceed 10 acres.

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