Somers solar facility petition denied due to potential adverse environmental effect

Town officials say they are relieved a proposed solar facility on South Road has been denied for its potential adverse environmental effect after they questioned whether the property would eventually be returned to its current agricultural use. The Connecticut Siting Council on March 14 denied a petition by Santa Fuel Inc. to build and operate a facility spanning 22.1 acres on property the company would have rented at 159 South Road. In its ruling, the council said there would be “a substantial adverse environmental effect associated with the construction, maintenance, and operation” of the 3.85-megawatt solar photovoltaic electric generating facility. Several communities such as East Windsor are appealing decisions made by the Siting Council or weighing whether to appeal, as Fairfield officials are currently discussing.

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