WESTPORT — Two more large scale solar energy farms are nearing the end of the special permit and site plan approval process by the Westport Planning Board, which has seen a flood of applications for extensive solar energy arrays in the last few years.
With these pending approvals, the town will hit double digit numbers for operational and permitted solar farms in all parts of town.
At its July 16 meeting, the Planning Board reviewed revised plans for two new energy facilities — a 4.5 megawatt solar farm proposed Soltage Westport Route 88 Solar 1, LLC on leased hayfields and vineyard at the end of Sullivan Drive — and a 4.2 megawatt solar farm off Sanford Road.
The Soltage project would be accessed by a private lane off Briggs Road, created to give landowners access to land beside Route 88 when the highway was built decades ago. The board has been reviewing site plans and revisions since February, and have been working with the applicant’s engineers on revisions to the project at four subsequent meetings. (read more)
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