Construction begins on controversial solar project in Torrington, Litchfield

Residents are opposing a solar project as trees are being removed and open fields are transformed into an access road and clearings for more than 51,000 panels. The project, which is owned by Silicon Ranch and sits on 212 acres in Litchfield and Torrington, was approved in September 2021 by the Connecticut Siting Council. Tree-clearing and other activities began on the site in early November 2023, and blasting began at the end of January. Silicon Ranch made its proposal to the town of Litchfield in 2020 to install more than 50,000 solar panels, called photovoltaic modules. The power generated from the site will be sold to Eversource and United Illuminating, according to documentation from the Connecticut Siting Council, provided by the Torrington land use office.

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