Kirkland Solar Plan Hears Opposition

The Town of Kirkland Planning Board met Monday evening to hold a public hearing on the site plan application for the Solar Energy Project on Kirkland Avenue.


The Planning Board had a public hearing last week that lasted 2.5 hours with people providing comments.


A presentation was given from Summit Solar company representatives, beginning with the site plan modifications. A correction to the plans was reviewed about a 3-pole system instead of a previously discussed 2-pole system.


An area of plantings was moved to be out of the way of National Grid's utility corridor. Several are being planted to decrease visibility from the neighbors at Blue Moon Stables.


Coordination with the town’s Department of Public Works resulted in the relaxation of a 25-foot turning radius and 5-foot setback from pavement requirement. The project is planned to be built without any significant modifications to the terrain.


Further steps are being researched and installed to minimize the noise. The final application for submission is for 1,600 panels west of Kirkland Avenue on Kenneth Wieder’s property with screen plantings encompassing the project.


Carol Gable of the Climate Smart Communities Task Force spoke to the Board to thank them for reviewing the Solar Energy project and…



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