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Mass. Attorney General Announces Agreement For Great Barrington Solar Project

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has announced an agreement that paves the way for a solar energy facility on a brownfield site in Great Barrington.The agreement allows for the development of a 12-acre, 2.5 megawatt solar facility at the former Rising Paper mill off of Park Street. Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin says a net metering agreement between the developer, the town and Berkshire Hills Regional School District will save Great Barrington about $150,000 in energy costs annually.

“Then it’s going to be back on the tax rolls,” Tabakin said. “So we are also receiving new property tax revenue.”

The agreement places a conservation restriction with public access to the remaining 45 acres preserving space along the Housatonic River. Tabakin says that area will be transferred to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

Jim is WAMC’s Assistant News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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