Solar developer eyes Manchester forest near residential area for 7.8-acre facility

A solar farm developer petitioned the state late last month to build a facility in Manchester’s “rural residential” zone. California-based TRITEC Americas hopes to install a solar array on 7.8 acres of vacant land at 250 Carter St., bordering the cul-de-sac on Amanda Drive and a handful of single-family homes on Blue Ridge Drive and Carter Street. TRITEC bills its proposed Manchester facility to the Connecticut Siting Council in the same way in a narrative dated Jan. 24, arguing in its petition that the solar panels would supply just under one megawatt of “clean, carbon-free” electricity with no adverse environmental effects. The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Feb. 21 to collect public comment on the proposed solar facility.

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