CT towns tell legislative committee they want local control over the building of solar facilities

People from rural towns across the state with concerns that the Connecticut Siting Council has legal jurisdiction over the location of solar power facilities, rather than the municipalities, are hoping new legislation could give them more control of their land. Of particular interest to many who testified is HB 5361, which would give municipalities the opportunity for local control if that town was within a five-mile radius of a project greater than 100 megawatts. “The Siting Council has a very important task to do and, to some degree, needs autonomy to do that work,” said Sen. Tony Hwang, R-Fairfield. “Nevertheless, the composition and expertise of the council is important to provide more accountability, transparency, and a better decision-making process with checks and balances.”


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