Concerns raised in Chester over solar farm fencing
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | March 29,2013
CHESTER — A Connecticut man who owns land in Chester might need to reconsider how he plans to shield his proposed solar farm from abutting landowners.
Four residents spoke at Monday’s Public Service Board hearing regarding a 2.2 megawatt solar farm located on Route 103 and Trebo Road in Chester. William Perfetto of Orange, Conn., is applying for a Certificate of Public Good and residents are concerned that Perfetto might build a 7-foot chain link fence surrounding the solar farm.
Kirk Kehoe, who lives behind the proposed site on Trebo Road, said the solar farm will be about 75 feet from his home. He is currently talking to the developers, Solar Renewable Energy Development, LLC of Mechanicsburg, Penn., about alternative perimeter fencing.
“We’re worried aesthetically with what we may have to look at and what our resale value may or may not be with the chain link industrial style fence (around the solar farm),” Kehoe said.
Sam and Laurie Comstock will have a clear view of the proposed solar project from their home and also requested fencing adjustments during the public hearing. Their comments were supported by Steven Copping who is also an abutter.
“We support a shorter fence and we’d be interested in some sort of screen,” Sam Comstock said.
Kehoe and Copping said they will not seek party status at an upcoming technical hearing April 28. The Comstocks have not said whether or not they will seek party status.
Perfetto said the fencing is for security purposes but he would still take their concerns into consideration.
“It’s up to the Public Service Board to determine whether (the fencing) needs to be adjusted but I don’t think it will be a big concern,” Perfetto said.
According to the application, the solar project will include up to 9,000 solar photo voltaic modules, rated at approximately 280 to 295 watts each and the modules will be mounted on vertical arrays. The panels will be tilted at 20 degree angles and grouped in rows running east to west.
The inverter enclosure will measure approximately 31 feet long by 10 feet high by 12 feet tall and include an improved farm lane extending from Trebo Road to the existing Green Mountain Power right of way.
“This will be temporary for the next 25 years. I think it’s good for the town, it’s clean energy and it’s a good fit,” Perfetto said.
The project is being developed under Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development standard offer program. Individuals seeking party status have until Monday to apply.