FALMOUTH — Wednesday’s session of town meeting opened with some heated opposition to the Planning Board’s proposed yearlong moratorium on permits for solar arrays on business-zoned properties.
Members ultimately soundly defeated the proposal.
“It would be unconscionable for a coastal town to suspend solar energy for an entire year,” said Energy Committee member Rosemary Dreger Carey, referring to the need to increase green energy in light of climate change. “We just don’t have more time: Time’s up.”
Town meeting member Joseph Netto called the moratorium “anti-business.”
Speaking for the Planning Board, member Charlotte Harris said the panel needed a year to put together appropriate regulations for solar arrays in the business district.
Peter Hargraves, speaking in favor of the yearlong break, said the discussion reflected a “mischaracterization of the issue as a debate between people for solar energy and against solar energy.”
Earlier, town meeting had defeated the Planning Board’s proposal to regulate solar canopies through site plan review, Hargraves said. The moratorium would allow time for the board to develop some oversight of solar arrays on business properties. (read more)
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