Lewiston Planning Board backs $11 million solar project for Old Webster Road
- Sep 28, 2021 5:04 pm GMT
Sep. 28—LEWISTON — The
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The board voted 6-0, according to City Planner
It scouts for sites by looking for property near substations or three-phase electrical lines, then reaching out to landowners to gauge interest in a solar development lease.
"Another nice thing with this site is we're able to see through aerial photographs that it's largely a pretty open area that we wouldn't have to do much tree-clearing on — that's always a benefit," said Tate, who walked the area Monday. "It's relatively flat, so easy to work with. And then it also is surrounded by a pretty good wood buffer on all sides that we're going to be leaving in place. It was attractive from that standpoint because it reduces the likelihood about any neighboring concerns about not wanting to look at a solar project or things along those lines."
The property is described in the application by consultants
Development will be set back at least 100 feet from the four streams on site, according to the application. The project will be bordered by 7-foot tall fixed-knot agricultural fencing. Power will connect to a
The land had most recently been leased to tenants with a greenhouse, which has since been removed, Tate said.
"We're hoping to start construction next year," he said. "The timeline for commercial operation by the end of next year is our goal; the one thing about that though is the site is included in a transmission cluster study that
According to the presentation given to the board, an average of 20 to 100 temporary jobs are created during construction, based on EDF's national experience.
Construction is estimated to take nine months.
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