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Brattleboro Supportive of Solar Array on I-91

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The town of Brattleboro, Vermont, is supporting a proposed solar array on land along Interstate 91.

Winstanley Enterprises plans to petition the Public Service Board next week for a Certificate of Public Good for the solar array, which could include up to 8,300 solar panels.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports comments from the town, including the conservation, energy and agriculture committees, are largely supportive.

There's been some concern about the aesthetic impact of the project and the potential of sharing the land with future agricultural activities.

Town officials feel the project conforms with the town's goals to reduce carbon emissions in Brattleboro to 30 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and to increase locally-generated electricity from renewable sources to 10 percent of Brattleboro's total electricity consumption by 2030.

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