With settlement, plans to build 20-megawatt solar farm on Candlewood Mountain in New Milford dropped

After more than three years, litigation against controversial solar plant plans for Candlewood Mountain has concluded with settlement agreements that prevent a 20-megawatt solar farm from being constructed on the land. The agreement not only ensures environmental preservation, but secure acres of open space for the town. Casagrande said the project would have destroyed not only 80 acres of core forest land on the mountain, but a habitat for a threatened species called the northern slimy salamander — despite the Siting Council’s claims that it would not have a negative environmental effect. Once it became clear that DEEP was not going to approve a 20-megawatt solar facility due to the “devastating environmental impact,” Casagrande said settlement negotiations commenced with Candlewood Solar and its attorneys, resulting in two agreements.


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