Public hearing scheduled for solar panel project in Southington

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday to solicit public feedback on a proposal to install solar panels on property owned by Rogers Orchards. The applicant, Energy Venture Management, Inc., is seeking to install 18,800 square feet of ground-mounted panels to the rear of the orchard’s farm store at 320 Long Bottom Road. Energy Venture’s application states while the property is zoned for residential use, which has limitations on the installation of solar panels, it has historically been for commercial use as an orchard. The application also says that the panels would be located far enough from the property line to conform with setback requirements and would be shrouded by trees and structures. Construction is also underway on a 37-acre solar panel array at 1012 East St., near YMCA Camp Sloper. The 4.7-megawatt project by Hartford-based solar company Verogy could generate enough electricity “to power 1,126 average homes for one year,” according to the company. The Connecticut Siting Council, which oversees the placement of major electricity infrastructure, granted the project conditional approval in May 2021. Verogy notified the council in August that work was beginning.

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