The grassy area at Litchfield High School/Middle School where ground-mounted solar-energy arrays would be built. Peter Tavino photo
Plans to install solar-energy arrays at Litchfield High School/Middle School and Litchfield Intermediate School cleared a hurdle Wednesday when they were approved by the Inland Wetlands Commission.
The fate of the plans now lies with the Planning and Zoning Commission, which will meet Monday to review and consider the plan for the intermediate school.
Planning and zoning’s public hearing on the plan for the high school/middle school will resume July 20. Once it concludes, the commission will consider the plan.
Inland wetlands’ commissioners were unanimous in approving the plan for the intermediate school. In the vote on the plan for the high school/middle school, Barbara Brower was the lone commissioner to vote in the negative.
Brower said she believes the area where the ground-mounted arrays would be built – between the building and Route 202 – is not appropriate.
The developer for the proposed project is Smart Roofs Solar of Monroe. Solar arrays at the two school buildings and the arrays that have been placed on the roof of Center School would result in projected energy savings of $4 million over 30 years.
The town would also realize $2 million in fees from leasing school property to Madison Energy Holdings of New York City, the company that would sell energy produced to the town and would maintain and monitor the arrays.
The conclusion of the inland wetlands’ public hearing on the plans Wednesday saw Tapping Reeve condominiums residents Suzi Funnell and Betsy Glassman express opposition to the plan for the high school/middle school.