PITTSFIELD — Larger-scale solar developments don't belong in residential neighborhoods.
That's the thrust of a city ordinance that could take effect this spring.
The ordinance, referred to the city's Community Development Board this week by the City Council, would separate solar projects by size into three tiers and shifts larger ones outside residential districts.
The proposal comes on the heels of a heated debate over a now-defunct proposal from a Boston company to put 18,000 solar panels across 25 acres at Pontoosuc Lake Country Club. It drew immediate outcry from the lakeside neighborhood, with residents arguing that it was too large, that it would obstruct their view, mar natural resources, and that it wasn't in keeping with the residential district between the city's twin lakes.
Solar developments have become more numerous in recent years, in an effort to expand the use of green energy in lieu of fossil fuels.(read more)
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