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A rendering shows the proposed Davenport Solar Project in Brandon.

BRANDON — More than a year after it was first announced, the Davenport Solar project has filed for a state permit.

Davenport Solar LLC filed for a certificate of public good with the Public Utility Commission on Oct. 26.

According to its petition, the facility will be a 15-megawatt project off Carver Street. While Davenport Solar LLC is registered as a company in Delaware, the company is owned by NextEra Energy Resource, of Juno Beach, Florida. NextEra bought the project when it bought Ranger Solar, a New England solar company, last fall.

The project, according to its petition, is expected to produce 26,000 megawatt-hours per year. The petition says that Davenport Solar has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the United Illuminating Co. and the Connecticut Light and Power Co., which does business as Eversource Energy.

The petition claims the proposed site is good for a number of reasons. Among them:

— It’s compatible with the character of the surrounding area.

— It makes use of “low-functioning” hay fields.

— It will provide the landowners with steady payments.

— It has no adverse impacts on the surrounding natural environment

— It offsets 238,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission.

The project has a projected 25-year useful life and comes with a decommissioning plan. The petition claims that during this period the project will generate $3.5 million in labor income, create $10.7 million in gross domestic product, generate $1.4 million in tax revenue and further the state’s renewable energy goals.

The application contemplates completing the permitting process by the fall of 2019 and being operational by August 2020.

The filings contain a resolution of support from the Brandon Select Board signed on June 25. The resolution states the project will be off a seldom-traveled dirt road, is consistent with the town plan, and will be good for the economy and taxpayers.

Ed Bove, executive director of the Rutland County Regional Planning Commission, said Friday his organization just received the project’s application and hasn’t had a chance to review it.

Lisa Paul, spokeswoman for NextEra Energy, said Friday that since the petition was recently filed, the Public Utility Commission hasn’t yet set a date for a public hearing, though it will eventually.

“We’ve gotten good support from the community,” she said. “They are excited for this project.”

“NextEra Energy Resources is pleased to work in partnership with the town of Brandon to develop the Davenport Solar project, which will bring significant economic benefits to the region, including construction jobs and increased tax revenue,” she continued in an email. “The project will generate clean, affordable electricity to help diversify New England’s energy mix and preserve its natural resources.”

Last year, the Herald reported that NextEra Energy Resources agreed to reduce the size of its original proposal by 25 percent after concerns were raised by the Agency of Natural Resources about impacts on natural resources and wetlands.


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